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Paynesville Press - May 3, 2006

Dogs hand LPGE first conference loss

By Michael Jacobson

Scoring ten runs in the first inning, the PAHS softball team handed conference-leading LPGE their first loss in the WCC North on Thursday, winning 15-5 in five innings and dropping the Thunder to second place in the conference.

The Bulldogs had nine hits, two batters hit by pitch, and a walk in sending 15 batters to the plate in the first inning and scoring ten runs. Sophomore Laura Schaefer, who had six RBIs in the game, had two run-scoring hits in the inning. Batting second, she hit an RBI single in her first at bat for the game's first run. In her second at bat of the inning, she hit a two-run single, making it 7-0.

Sliding home safely Senior Amanda Skalicky followed with another two-run single making it 9-0, and junior Ashley Ogdahl, who also had two RBI singles in the inning, ended the rally with another run-scoring hit.

Also hitting RBI singles in the inning were senior Jess Engler, who also earned the pitching win, sophomore Carissa Utsch, and senior Mel Mages. Engler and Mages also had two hits in the inning for the Bulldogs.

Sophomore Chelsey Hansen slides home safely in the Bulldogs' 11-1 victory over Melrose last week. The Dogs improved to 7-5 this season and 4-3 in the conference with two wins by the ten-run rule: 11-1 over Melrose on Tuesday and 15-5 over LPGE on Thursday.

Coach Tim Woehler said he has never seen a nine-hit, ten-run rally in a single inning in softball before, and it set the tone for the game.

"We crushed the ball," he said. "We're hitting the snot out of the ball. We've just got to build on the momentum."

The Dogs added three runs in the second inning, with Utsch hitting another RBI single and Schaefer hitting another two-run single.

Skalicky hits The Dogs scored their last two runs in the fourth inning, raising their lead from 13-5 to 15-5 and enacting the ten-run rule after five innings. Mages had an RBI triple to left for the first run and scored on Schaefer's ground out for her sixth RBI of the game.

Senior Amanda Skalicky was one of four PAHS softball players to have two hits in the first inning against LPGE on Thursday. She also had two hits and four RBIs in their 11-1 victory over Melrose last week.

Every starter had at least one hit and an RBI or run scored for the Dogs in the rout.

The Dogs improved to 7-5 overall and 4-3 in the WCC North with the win. Minnewaska (6-0) leads the WCC North with LPGE (5-1) in second, Cathedral (4-2) in third, and the Dogs tied for fourth with Sauk Centre (4-3).

This week, the Dogs were scheduled to play at New London-Spicer in a make-up game on Monday, but this game was delayed again until Friday, May 12.

The Dogs played at Cathedral on Tuesday. On Thursday, the Dogs will travel to Minnewaska to battle the Lakers.

Next week, the Dogs will host Albany on Tuesday, May 9.

Paynesville-- (10)30 20x x - 1516 3
LPGE-- 230 00x x - 5 5 4

Paynesville - Batting: Ashley Ogdahl 3-3 RBI-2 R; Mel Mages 3-4 3B R-3 RBI-2; Laura Schaefer 3-4 RBI-6 R-2; Jess Engler 2-4 RBI; Amanda Skalicky 1-2 R-2 RBI-2; Allyson Klenke 1-2 R-3; Carissa Utsch 1-2 R-2 RBI-2; Chelsey Hansen 1-4 R; Chelsey Kalkbrenner 1-4 R; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Engler (W) (5-3-5-4-4-7).

LPGE - Batting: Diane Blommel 2-3 R-2; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Kendra Nies (L) (5-16-15-15-2-3).

Paynesville 11, Melrose 1
The Dogs broke open a 2-1 game against Melrose with four runs in the fourth inning and four more in the fifth, beating the Dutchmen 11-1 in five innings by the ten-run rule.

Slide into second Melrose swept the Dogs last year, but the Dogs took control thanks to back-to-back two-run singles by sophomore Laura Schaefer and senior Amanda Skalicky in the fourth inning.

Senior Jess Engler slides into second with one of her stolen bases against Melrose on Tuesday, April 25.

Skalicky struck again in the fifth, clearing the bases with another two-run single that got past the centerfielder to allow all three runners to score and Skalicky to advance to third. Melrose threw out Skalicky trying to score on a wild pitch that inning, but the Dogs scored an unearned run with one out in the bottom of the sixth to enact the ten-run rule, winning 11-1.

Sophomore Ashley Ogdahl pitched a two-hitter for the Dogs, allowing only one run on an RBI triple in the third inning.

That hit tied the game 1-1 after the Dogs had score in the bottom of the second on a bases-loaded single by senior Allyson Klenke. The Dogs stranded the bases loaded with three strikeouts that inning.

The Dogs retook the lead in the third with an RBI single by junior Chelsey Kalkbrenner.

"Things are going good right now," said coach Tim Woehler after the Dogs' two-game sweep last week. "We've got to keep it going."

Melrose-- 001 000 x - 12 3
Paynesville-- 011 441 x - 11 9 0

Melrose - Batting: Wurms 1-3 3B RBI; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Weber (L) (5.1-9-11-10-7-9).

Paynesville - Batting: Amanda Skalicky 2-4 RBI-4 R; Chelsey Kalkbrenner 2-4 R; Chelsey Hansen 2-4 R; Allyson Klenke 1-1 R-2 SB-2; Laura Schaefer 1-3 R-2 SB; Jess Engler 1-3 R RBI SB-2; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Ashley Ogdahl (W) (6-2-1-1-6-7).

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