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Paynesville Press - May 1, 2002

Errors cost Bulldogs in conference losses

By Jenny Habben

Jenny Habben The Bulldogs gave up four runs in the first inning and were never able to catch up against Sauk Centre in a conference game in Paynesville on Friday.

Paynesville scored two runs in the first inning to narrow Sauk Centre's lead by two, but the Mainstreeters scored three more runs in the second inning and never trailed.

Senior Jen Habben launches a triple to right against Sauk last Friday. She had three triples and six RBIs.

In the third inning, senior Kelli Heinen hit a single down the third base line and was brought home on a triple by senior catcher Jen Habben to make the score 7-3.

Great defensive plays by the Bulldogs kept Sauk Centre scoreless in the fourth inning. A Sauk Centre runner at first base was taking a big lead, so Habben threw down to first base and junior Ann Stalboerger tagged out the runner for the first out of the inning. Junior Ashley Mackedanz in left field threw home to Habben to tag out a Streeter runner trying to score for the third out of the inning.

However, Sauk Centre scored two more runs in the sixth inning when the Bulldogs committed three errors.

The Bulldogs scored two runs in the sixth but still trailed 9-5. Senior Lisa Hemingson hit a double that scored senior Laurie Barten.

In the bottom of the seventh, senior Heather Roos started off the inning with a single, stole second, advanced to third on a passed ball, and scored on ninth grader Kim Hess' single. But that was the Bulldogs' only run of the inning.

The Dogs outhit the Streeters 10-7 but stranded 13 runners on base while committing four errors.

As the second half of the season approaches, coach Tim Woehler said, "We need to start playing more consistent ball if we hope to meet the goals we set at the beginning of the season."

The Bulldogs hosted Renville County West in a nonconference game on Tuesday. They will host Melrose on Thursday and will travel to St. Cloud to play Cathedral on Friday. Next week, the Bulldogs will host Albany on Tuesday, May 7. All games start at 4:30 p.m.

Sauk Centre--430 002 0 - 97 1
Paynesville-- 201 002 1 - 6 10 4

Sauk Centre - Batting: Megan Bersheit 2-3 2B, R-3; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Dacia Funk (W) (7-10-6-5-9-12);
Paynesville - Batting: Lisa Hemingson 1-3 RBI 2B; Jenny Habben 2-3 3B RBI; Heather Roos 2-3 R; Laurie Barten 3-5 R; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Hemingson (L) (7-7-9-7-6-5).

Paynesville 17, LPGE 10
The Bulldogs powered their way to a 17-10 victory on Thursday by outhitting LPGE 15-5.

The Bulldogs jumped ahead with four runs in the first inning. Barten got on base when she was hit by a pitch. She stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball. Hemingson and Habben both walked to load the bases. Barten and Hemingson then scored on Stalboerger's hit, and Habben and Stalboerger scored on Roos' double to give the Bulldogs a four-run lead.

Hess scored a run for the Dogs in the second inning.

The Bulldogs' pitching struggled in the second inning and walked four in the inning, which helped LPGE score five runs. The Thunder scored another run in the third inning to take a 6-5 lead.

The Bulldogs responded with three runs in the fourth inning and five in the fifth. The Dogs then gave up one run in the sixth inning but answered with four runs of their own in the seventh. Habben hit a triple to bring in three runs.

LPGE scored two more runs in the seventh inning but Paynesville took the 17-10 win.

Paynesville-- 410 350 4 - 1715 2
LPGE-- 051 011 2 - 10 5 1

LPGE - Batting: Missy Marx 2-2 R-2; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Amanda Johnson (L) (7-15-17-16-7-3);
Paynesville - Batting: Barten 3-4 R-4; Habben 2-2 3B-2 RBI-5; Roos 2-3 R 2B RBI-2; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Habben (W) (7-5-10-5-9-10).

Litchfield 8, Paynesville 4
Paynesville lost 8-4 to the Litchfield Dragons on Tuesday, April 23.

The Bulldogs scored all four runs in the second inning and led 4-2 going into the third inning, but Litch scored four runs in the top of the third to take the lead for good.

The Dragons came up with some good plays and kept the Bulldogs from scoring throughout the rest of the game.

The Bulldogs committed four errors and were outhit by Litch 10-5.

Barten led the Bulldogs in hitting with two hits and two RBIs.

Litchfield-- 204 011 0 - 810 1
Paynesville-- 040 000 0 - 4 5 4

Litchfield - Batting: Jackie Carlson 3-3 R-2 3B RBI; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Brittany Bachman (W) (7-5-4-4-6-4).
Paynesville - Batting: Barten 2-4 RBI-2; Ann Stalboerger 1-3 R; Kelli Heinen 1-3; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Lisa Hemingson (L) (7-10-8-5-3-3).

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