A year after everything seemed to go right for the baseball team, at least until subsections, this year's team has taken a few lumps early in the season.
Junior Wes Lieser pitched a shutout against Kimball Friday night in Paynesville, as the Bulldogs swir double header.
Case in point, the Bulldogs on Saturday played in the Orono tournament against suburban schools Orono and Robbinsdale Cooper, both of whom the Bulldogs beat a year ago for the title.
Against Orono, senior Jon Lieser did not allow an earned run, but lost because three errors led to four unearned runs.
The Bulldogs committed two errors in the third to allow two unearned runs. Then committed another in the bottom of the sixth that allowed another two runs to score, as Orono won 4-2.
Lieser has been a tough-luck loser in his three starts this year. In his first two starts, the Bulldogs failed to score. And in this one, unearned runs beat him.
Ryan Schneider drove home Jeremy Fuchs with a double in the third inning for one of Paynesville's runs, and Lieser scored the other in the top of the sixth on a passed ball after doubling.
The bottom third of Robbinsdale Cooper's lineup pounded the Dogs, as Cooper won 10-0 in five innings. The Bulldogs only hit was by senior Chris Rohe, who has a hit in all seven games so far for the Bulldogs.
Paynesville - Batting: Jon Lieser 1-2 2B R; Ryan Schneider 1-3 2B RBI; Jeremy Fuchs 1-3 R SB; Chris Rohe 1-3 SB; Pat Rohe 1-3; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Lieser (L) (6-7-4-0-0-2).
Paynesville - Batting: Chris Rohe 1-2; Pat Rohe SB-2; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Chris Rohe (L) (5-9-10-10-4-3).
Paynesville 13, NL-S 3
Paynesville 5, Kimball 0
The Bulldogs swept a non-conference double header on Friday for their first two wins of the season. The Bulldogs beat New London-Spicer 13-3 in five innings, and then shut out Kimball in the evening game 5-0.
The Bulldogs had eight hits and drew seven walks in beating the Wildcats, in a game originally scheduled to be at NL-S. The Bulldogs, as the away team, scored twice in the second, thrice in the third, three more in the fourth, and five in the fifth to impose the ten-run rule on the Wildcats.
Junior Pat Rohe was one of three Bulldogs with two hits. Rohe also walked twice and scored four runs, one in each rally.
Jon Lieser also had two hits for Paynesville and each scored two runs, as did pitcher Jeremy Fuchs, who got the victory.
Against Kimball, junior Wes Lieser threw a five-hit shutout. Both Lieser and Fuchs got their first varsity pitching wins on Friday.
Wes Lieser pitched out of jams in the second and sixth. In the second, Jon Lieser grabbed a ground ball at short with the bases full, stepped on second, and fired to first for an inning-ending double play. In the sixth, with two on and no out, Wes Lieser got a key strikeout and pop out to end the inning.
Jon Lieser hit a solo homer, the Bulldogs first of the year, in the first inning to give Wes Lieser the only run he would need. The Bulldogs scored three more times in the second, including RBI singles by Nick Stalboerger and Max Meagher.
Freshman Adam Kampsen hit an RBI double in the sixth for Paynesville's last run.
Paynesville - Batting: Pat Rohe 2-2 R-4 BB HBP; Jon Lieser 2-3 R-2 2B; Chris Rohe 1-3 R-2 RBI BB; Ryan Schneider 1-3 R BB; Jeremy Fuchs R-2; Nick Stalboerger BB-2 R; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Fuchs (W) (5-3-3-2-4-4).
Paynesville - Batting: Jon Lieser 1-3 HR; Nick Stalboerger 1-2 RBI; Max Meagher 1-3 R RBI; Ryan Schneider 1-3 R; T.J. Schultz 1-3 R; Adam Kampsen 1-1 2B RBI; Jeremy Fuchs 1-3; Chris Rohe 1-2; Pat Rohe 1-3; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Wes Lieser (W) (7-5-0-0-4-3).
The Bulldogs lost their third conference game of the year under the lights at Paynesville on Tuesday, April 24.
Litchfield's Kyle Sachs pitched a four-hit shutout and drove home two runs with his two hits as the Dragons won their first conference game, 5-0.
Jon Lieser was the tough-luck loser for Paynesville, as the Bulldogs were shutout in his second straight start.
Chris Rohe had two of Paynesville's four hits. The Bulldogs best scoring chance was in the sixth, when Nick Fuchs was thrown out at home by Litchfield's leftfielder.
The Bulldogs did play errorless baseball for the first time all season.
Litchfield - Batting: Kyle Sachs 2-4 2B RBI-2 R SB; Ryan Johnson 2-3 3B R; Ryan Gulden 2-3 R SB-2; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Kyle Sachs (W) 7-4-0-0-0-6).
Paynesville - Batting: Chris Rohe 2-3; Jon Lieser 1-3; Nick Fuchs 1-2; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Jon Lieser (L) (6-7-5-5-1-6); Jeremy Fuchs (1-1-0-0-0-1).
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