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Paynesville Press - April 30, 2003

Bulldogs enjoy three-game win streak

By Ann Stalboerger

The Bulldogs softball team ended their three-game winning streak with a hard-to-swallow loss against ACGC, taking second in a one-day tournament at Paynesville on Saturday.

The Dogs came out strong, but their 5-0 early lead was devastated when the Falcons scored seven unearned runs in the bottom of the third inning. Unable to dig themselves out of the rut they had created, the Dogs gave up three more runs before losing the championship game 10-6.

"This was a disappointing loss for us, after playing such good ball all week," said coach Tim Woehler.

The bottom of the third really cost the Dogs, according to Woehler. Leading the Dogs at the plate were senior leftfielder Ashley Mackedanz, going 3-4, and sophomore centerfielder Kayla Mackedanz, going 2-4.

Sophomore Valerie Callenius struck out five and took the loss for the Dogs.

The Dogs won their third game in a row by beating the Kimball Cubs 7-3 in the first round of tournament play on Saturday morning.

The Dogs scored three runs in the fifth and seventh innings to clinch the game and advance to the championship game.

Sophomore Kim Hess had a great game at the plate, going 3-3 and scoring three runs.

Also having multiple hits were senior Ann Stalboerger and sophomore Kayla Mackedanz, each having two hits, including a double, and two RBIs for the Dogs. Mackedanz also had a triple.

Senior Laura Stoneburner added a double to help the Dogs to their win over the Cubs.

Sophomore Amber Chevalier went the distance for the Dogs on the hill, striking out three and allowing only five hits and two earned runs for the pitching victory.

The Dogs are now 4-7 overall and 2-2 in the conference.

This week, the Albany Huskies and the St. Cloud Crusaders are scheduled to come to town for some more conference action.

ACGC 10, Paynesville 6
Paynesville-- 410 100 0 - 69 0
ACGC-- 007 003 x - 10 8 3

Dogs - Batting: Ashley Mackedanz 3-4 RBI R; Kayla Mackedanz 2-4 RBI R; Ann Stalboerger 1-2 R; Trisha Chevalier 1-4 RBI-2 R; Laura Stoneburner 1-4 RBI; Kayla Rooney 1-1; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Val Callenius (L) (6-8-10-3-5-5).

Paynesville 7, Kimball 3
Paynesville-- 100 030 3 - 710 2
Kimball-- 002 010 0 - 3 5 0

Dogs - Batting: Kim Hess 3-3 R-3; Kayla Mackedanz 2-4 2B 3B RBI-2 R-2; Stalboerger 2-4 2B RBI-2; Stoneburner 1-3 2B; Trisha Chevalier 1-4 RBI; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Amber Chevalier (W) (7-5-3-2-3-3).

Dogs 8, Sauk Centre 7
Improving their conference record to 2-2, the Bulldogs conquered the Sauk Centre Mainstreeters 8-7 on Thursday.

The Dogs set the pace for the game in the first inning, scoring three unanswered runs and never letting up. The Dogs led the entire game, building an 8-4 lead before Sauk Centre scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning.

Junior Trish Wendlandt and senior Trisha Chevalier each had two hits for the Dogs. Ashley Mackedanz hit a triple and scored three times to help the Dogs one up the Streeters.

"It was nice to feel in control the entire game," said Mackedanz. "Sauk Centre is usually pretty tough, so this was a key win for us."

Sauk Centre-- 000 130 3 - 72 0
Paynesville-- 300 113 x - 8 9 0

Paynesville - Batting: Trish Wendlandt 2-3 RBI-2 R; Trisha Chevalier 2-3 RBI R; Ashley Mackedanz 1-2 3B R-3; Hess 1-4 2B RBI R; Stalboerger 1-4 RBI-2 R; Susie Swyter 1-3; Callenius 1-3 R; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Callenius (W) (6-1-6-3-5-0); Amber Chevalier (S) (1-0-0-0-0-0).

Paynesville 7, LPGE 6
The Dogs made a statement on Tuesday, April 22, knocking off the LPGE Thunder, who led the conference and were undefeated.

The Dogs reached base 12 times on walks, helping them to score six runs through the first six innings.

After six complete innings, the score was tied 6-6. Stalboerger led off the top of the seventh with a single, advanced on a passed ball and a single by Trisha Chevalier, and scored on an RBI single by Wendlandt.

This proved to be the game-winning run, as the Dogs held the host Thunder scoreless in the bottom of the seventh.

Chevalier led the Dogs at the plate, going 3-3 with a RBI. Wendlandt had two RBIs, and Stalboerger scored three runs.

Callenius pitched a complete game for the Dogs, allowing only two hits while striking out 10 and walking 12.

"This was a huge win for us," said Woehler. "Hopefully we can carry this momentum through the rest of the weekend."

Paynesville-- 310 110 1 - 75 3
LPGE-- 310 200 0 - 6 2 3

Paynesville - Batting: Trisha Chevalier 3-3 RBI; Wendlandt 1-2 RBI-2; Stalboerger 1-3 R-3; Ashley Mackedanz 1-3 RBI R; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Callenius (W) (7-2-6-4-12-10).

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