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Paynesville Press - May 8, 2002

Dogs beat subsection-rival ACGC

By Michael Jacobson

The Bulldogs baseball team rebounded from losses to three state-rated conference foes by beating subsection rival Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City on Friday night in Paynesville, winning 11-4.

The Bulldogs pounded out 16 hits and were aided by five ACGC errors, which offset the Bulldogs' four errors in the field.

The Bulldogs took the lead in the first inning as junior Josh Kampsen and senior Max Meagher scored for Paynesville. Sophomore Adam Kampsen, who went 4-4 and pitched a complete game, had an RBI single in the first, as Paynesville took the lead for good.

Senior Craig Thomes had a solo homer to lead off the second inning and added an RBI ground out in the third, as Paynesville scored two more runs. Senior Nic Fuchs also had an RBI double in the third.

The Dogs scored three runs in both the fifth and sixth innings to put the game away, scoring their last run on senior Scott Buermann's RBI single in the sixth.

Coach Brad Skoglund was pleased to beat ACGC, who he thinks will be the top seed in the subsection, but he noted that the Dogs did not face ACGC's top pitcher.

This week, the Bulldogs played at Albany on Tuesday, May 7. They will host Litchfield on Thursday and Benson on Monday. They will also play at LPGE on Tuesday, May 14. All three will start at 5 p.m.

ACGC-- 101 200 0 - 410 5
Paynesville-- 212 033 x - 11 16 4

ACGC - Batting: Brian Kingery 3-4 R; Justin Downes 2-4 2B-2 R; Nic Cunningham 2-4; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Brad Hoppe (L) (6-16-11-7-1-3);
Paynesville - Batting: Adam Kampsen 4-4 2B R-3 RBI-2; Josh Krupke 3-4 2B RBI; Wes Lieser 2-3 R-2 RBI-2; Max Meagher 2-4 R-2 SB; Nic Fuchs 2-4 2B R RBI; Craig Thomes 1-3 HR RBI-2; Scott Buermann 1-1 RBI; Josh Kampsen 1-3 R SB; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Adam Kampsen (W) (7-10-4-2-2-3).

Melrose 8, Paynesville 2
The Bulldogs ended a run against three state-rated conference opponents with an 8-2 loss at Melrose on Thursday. The Dutchmen are rated third in the state in Class A.

The Bulldogs took a 2--0 lead with two runs in the top of the third. Thomes singled and took second on a sacrifice bunt by junior Russ Leyendecker. Pitcher Josh Kampsen singled Thomes to third, and Thomes scored on a fielder's choice. Adam Kampsen added an RBI single for the Dogs' second run.

But the Dutchmen rallied to victory. They scored a run in the third and another in the fourth to tie and then three in the fifth and two in the sixth, as the Dogs made five errors in those two innings.

In all, the Bulldogs made eight errors allowing six unearned runs and prompting Skoglund to say the team needs to shore up its defense. Big innings, he noted, cost the team in all three conference games last week.

Paynesville-- 002 000 0 - 26 8
Melrose-- 001 132 x - 8 9 1

Paynesville - Batting: Josh Kampsen 2-3 R SB-2; Craig Thomes 1-3 R; Adam Kampsen 1-3 RBI; Pat Rohe 1-3; Russ Leyendecker 1-2; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Josh Kampsen (L) (6-9-8-2-1-2);
Melrose - Batting: Stangler 2-4 2B R-2 RBI SB; Schoenberg 2-4 RBI R-2; SB; Frieler 1-4 RBI-2; Terres 1-4 R-2 SB-2; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Keith Frieler (W) (7-6-2-2-0-2).

Sauk Centre 10, Paynesville 2
Sauk Centre, ranked sixth in the state, used a seven-run first inning to beat the Bulldogs in Sauk Centre on Tuesday, April 30.

The Streeters sent 11 batters to the plate in the first inning, using four hits and three walks to score seven runs.

The Bulldogs had only three hits the whole game against Marcus Bromenschenkel. The Dogs' only runs came on Thomes' two-run homer in the second inning.

Paynesville-- 020 000 0 - 23 3
Sauk Centre-- 710 200 0 - 10 10 1

Melrose - Batting: Craig Thomes 1-3 HR RBI-2; Russ Leyendecker 1-3; Wes Lieser 1-3 SB; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Aaron Nietfeld (L) (6-10-10-8-6-1); Paynesville - Batting: Adam Moritz 2-3 RBI-3 R-2; David Engebretson 2-2 R-2 RBI; Marcus Bromenschenkel 1-3 R-2; Nathan Sunderman 1-3 RBI-2; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Bromenschenkel (W) (7-3-2-2-3-6).

Cathedral 11, Paynesville 1
The Bulldogs trailed only 4-1 to the Crusaders on Monday, April 29, before allowing seven runs in the sixth inning, ending the game with the ten-run rule.

The Crusaders, the defending Class A champion, were rated first in the state until the Bulldogs handed them their first loss of the season two weeks ago.

The Bulldogs got started fast, scoring their only run in the top of the first. Josh Kampsen doubled and he scored on a single by senior Wes Lieser.

After that, the Dogs got only two more hits against Crusader senior lefthander Louis Opatz, who struck out 10.

The lead was shortlived, as the Crusaders scored two runs in the bottom of the first and led 4-1 after three innings. They scored seven runs without making an out in the bottom of the sixth.

Paynesville-- 100 000 0 - 14 1
Cathedral-- 211 007 x - 11 11 0

Paynesville - Batting: Josh Kampsen 1-2 2B R; Wes Lieser 1-3 RBI; Ryan Schneider 1-2; Max Meagher 1-3; Pitching: Adam Kampsen and Lieser.
Cathedral - Batting: Nick Bellmont 2-3 2B R-2 Linn 3-4 R; Josh Hollenhorst 2-3 2B R-2; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Opatz (W) (6-4-1-1-0-10).

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