The team's best effort was on Friday, when they hosted Litchfield, a conference favorite with senior pitcher Carin Rambow.
The contest was tied 1-1 after the first inning, and the Dragons brought in two runs in the second to lead 3-1.
The score remained like that until the Dragons scored another run in the fifth inning. Paynesville scored a run in the sixth inning, but it wasn't enough to win the game.
Kelly Loesch pitched a great game for Paynesville. She had six strike outs and only gave up four earned runs.
The Dragons' pitching, led by four innings from Rambow, limited the Bulldogs to three hits. Crystal Humbert, Laurie Barten, and Jenny Habben each had a hit for the Bulldogs.
Tiff Haag and Lisa Hemingson scored a run apiece for the Bulldogs.
Coach Tim Woehler said, "If we can play like this every game, we're going to start winning. The girls just have to expect to win and want it bad enough. We've already improved from last year, and we aim to keep improving in every game we play."
Litchfield - Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Rainbow (W) (4-1-1-1-1-2); Mathwig (3-2-1-1-4-4).
Paynesville - Batting: Crystal Humbert 1-2; Jenny Habben 1-4; Laurie Barten 1-4; Runs: Hemingson 1; Haag 1; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Kelly Loesch (L) (7-6-5-4-5-6).
The Bulldogs lost 8-2 at Albany on Thursday.
The Bulldogs were behind 3-1 after fourth innings, but Albany was scored five runs in the fifth inning. Paynesville could only manage to get one run in before the end of the game.
Jenny Habben and Tricia Hemmesch each scored a run. Habben had two hits at the plate. Hemmesch and Lisa Hemingson had one. Hemingson also had an RBI.
Jessi Louis allowed only three earned runs in almost six innings of pitching.
Albany - Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Lamser (W) (7-3-2-1-5-5).
Paynesville - Batting: Jenny Habben 2-3; Tricia Hemmesch 1-3; Lisa Hemingson 1-2; Runs: Habben 1; Hemmesch 1; RBI: Hemmesch 1; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Jessica Louis (L) (5.2-8-6-3-1-4); Kelly Loesch (1.1-1-2-0-0-1).
Visiting Cathedral built an 8-0 lead at Paynesville on Tuesday, April 25, on their way to a 9-1 win.
The Crusaders scored four runs in the third and three in the fourth. In both innings, the Bulldogs had two outs but the Crusaders managed to get some clutch hits with two outs.
The Bulldogs also committed three errors which led to six unearned runs.
Rachel Miller scored the only run for the Bulldogs in the fifth inning.
"This is the fastest pitcher we've seen so far," said Tiff Haag, after batting against Cathedrals' pitcher, Jody Weber.
Tricia Hemmesch and Miller had hits for the Bulldogs.
Jessi Louis watches as Rachel Miller makes a throw for an out from third against Cathedral.
Cathedral - Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Weber (W) (7-4-1-1-1-3).
Paynesville - Batting: Rachel Miller 1-2; Tricia Hemmesch 1-2; Runs: Miller 1; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Jessica Louis (L) (7-10-9-9-3-0).
The Bulldogs lost 16-8 to BDRSH on Monday, April 24. BDRSH was able to come out with the win due to six errors by Paynesville.
Lisa Hemingson had a great game at the plate by getting two triples and getting two hits in four at bats. Hemingson also had three RBIs.
Jenny Habben, Tiff Haag, and Mellody Veldkamp also had two hits in four at bats. Haag had three RBIs and Veldkamp had two. Haag and Veldkamp also scored two runs each. Habben scored three times for Paynesville.
BDRSH - Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Asch (W) (7-9-8-5-2-5).
Paynesville - Batting: Mel Veldkamp 2-4; Tiff Haag 2-4; Jenny Habben 2-4; Lisa Hemingson 2-4 3B-2; Runs: Habben 3; Haag 2; Veldkamp 2; RBI: Haag 3; Hemingson 3; Veldkamp 2; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Kelly Loesch (L) (7-15-16-10-2-7).
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