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Paynesville Press - May 7, 2003

Crusaders tip Dogs in softball

By Ann Stalboerger

The Bulldogs softball team dropped to 3-4 in the conference after losing a hard-fought battle against the St. Cloud Cathedral Crusaders 7-6 on Thursday.

Val Callenius pitching Starting well, the Dogs scored six runs in the first four innings. The Crusaders, however, were never far behind, scoring two runs in the bottom of the second and third innings to stay in the game.

Cathedral made a key pitching change in the fifth to end the Dogs' scoring streak.

The Crusaders scored two runs in the top of the sixth on a Bulldog error to tie the game 6-6 and scored another run in the seventh to take a one-run lead. Unable to rally late in the game, the Dogs lost 7-6.

"We played pretty well," said sophomore Ashley Spanier. "Now we just need to cut down the errors."

Sophomore Val Callenius pitched a one-hitter as the Bulldogs beat Albany 11-1 in five innings last week.

The Dogs outhit the Crusaders 9-8 but committed six errors.

Senior Ashley Mackedanz had a great day at the plate for the Dogs, going 3-3 with an RBI triple in the first. Sophomore Kayla Mackedanz had two hits, and sophomore Valerie Callenius showed off her long-ball hitting ability in the second inning, hitting an inside-the-park homerun.

According to coach Tim Woehler, the Dogs have been improving each game and playing good ball, but now just need to take the next step and show their toughness in situations like this.

This week, the Dogs traveled to Freeport to take on the Melrose Dutchmen on Tuesday and LPGE will come to town on Thursday. The Dogs will also host BBE on Monday, May 12, and will travel to Sauk Centre on Tuesday, May 13.

Cathedral-- 022 002 1 - 78 2
Paynesville-- 211 200 0 - 6 9 6

Cathedral - Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Arnold (4-8-6-6-2-2); Murphy (W) (3-1-0-0-0-2).

Paynesville - Batting: Ashley Mackedanz 3-3 3B RBI R; Kayla Mackedanz 2-3 RBI R-2; Val Callenius 1-2 HR; Ashley Spanier 1-2 R; Kim Hess 1-4 3B RBI R; Ann Stalboerger 1-4; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Amber Chevalier (6.2-7-6-3-3-4); Callenius (L) (0.1-1-1-1-2-0).

Paynesville 11, Albany 1
The Bulldogs showed no mercy on Tuesday, April 29, crushing the Huskies 11-1 in five innings.

Avenging a one-run loss from earlier in the season, the Dogs came out and took control of the game before scoring five runs in the fifth inning to enforce the 10-run rule.

"We showed Albany what we are made of and how we really can play," said sophomore Laura Buermann.

Ashley Mackedanz had yet another great day at the plate, going 3-3 with a double and a triple. Kayla Mackedanz went 3-4 with two RBIs. The Bulldogs also benefited from 11 walks from the Albany pitcher.

Callenius pitched all five innings for the Dogs, allowing only one hit and striking out five.

The Bulldogs are now 5-8 overall and 3-4 in conference.

Albany-- 000 01x x - 11 3
Paynesville-- 120 35x x - 11 7 0

Paynesville - Batting: Ashley Mackedanz 3-3 2B 3B RBI-2 R-2; Kayla Mackedanz 3-4 RBI-2 R-2; Hess 1-2 R-2; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Callenius (W) (5-1-1-1-7-5).

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