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Paynesville Press - May 15, 2002

Bulldogs drop two conference games

By Jenny Habben

Lisa Hemingson The Bulldogs softball team lost 9-1 to Litchfield on Thursday, after giving up eight runs in the first two innings of the game.

Paynesville committed three fatal errors compared to Litchfield's perfect game with no errors.

The Dragons scored four runs in the first inning, as well as four in the second inning to take an early 8-0 lead.

After the second inning, the Bulldogs held the Dragons to only one more run in the game.

Senior Lisa Hemingson pitched two innings and scored Paynesville's only run in their 9-1 loss to Litchfield.

Senior Laurie Barten, senior Lisa Hemingson, senior Heather Roos, senior Amy Buermann, and junior Ann Stalboerger all supplied hits for the Bulldogs.

Hemingson scored the lone run for Paynesville in the fourth, driven home by Stalboerger.

The Bulldogs showed some tough defense in the fourth inning when senior third basemen Kelli Heinen made a diving catch to get the first out of the inning. Ninth grader Kim Hess then cleanly fielded a hard-hit ball and threw the runner out at first. The third out was a strikeout.

"Right now we just need to keep our heads up. We have one week left to put it all together and get ready for the playoffs," said Hemingson, a co-captain.

The Bulldogs travelled to Sauk Centre on Monday, May 13. They will host Albany in a rescheduled game on Thursday and will also host ACGC on Friday. Both games start at 4:30 p.m.

Subsection playoff games start next week.

Paynesville-- 100 000 0 - 15 3
Litchfield-- 441 000 0 - 9 8 0

Litchfield - Batting: Krista Rambow 2-2 2B R-2; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Jenna Sandgren (W) (7-5-1-1-5-6); Paynesville - Batting: Lisa Hemingson 1-3 R; Ann Stalboerger 1-3 RBI; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Hemingson (L) (2-5-8-8-4-1); Jen Habben (4-3-1-1-8-4).

LPGE 7, Paynesville 5
Trailing 7-0 in the bottom of the sixth, the Bulldogs fought back with a five-run rally. Despite the Bulldogs' effort, they fell short in a 7-5 loss to Long Prairie-Grey Eagle.

"We played a great game for the most part. I was proud of the way the girls battled back," said coach Tim Woehler. "Sooner or later, the balls gotta bounce our way."

The Bulldogs had a good defensive game and only gave up one unearned run.

LPGE, though, scored four runs in the fourth inning and three in the sixth.

In the fifth inning, Stalboerger caught a line drive and dove back to first base to make a double play. The third out was made when freshman Kayla Mackedanz threw out a runner at home.

The Bulldogs fought back in the sixth inning by scoring five runs. Senior Jen Habben walked and advanced to third on passed balls. Hemingson also walked. Then Habben scored on Heinen's hit. Stalboerger also had a hit, and Buermann brought in two runs on her base hit.

Habben, Hemingson, Stalboerger, Roos, and Buermann all scored for the Bulldogs in the sixth inning.

LPGE-- 000 403 0 - 74 1
Paynesville-- 000 005 0 - 5 7 2

LPGE - Batting: Trish Weitenmire 2-3; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Amanda Johnson (W) (7-7-5-5-5-10). Paynesville - Batting: Kim Hess 3-4; Lisa Hemingson 2-3 2B R; Amy Buermann 1-3 R RBI-2; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Jen Habben (L) (7-4-7-6-10-3).

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