"We played an awesome game. It was the best we've ever played and we hope to keep it up," said sophomore Ann Stalboerger.
Shortstop Jenny habben throws out a Cathedral runner in the Bulldogs' seventh victory.
The Bulldogs scored two runs in the first inning. Kim Hess tagged up on Laurie Barten's pop out and went home on a wild throw. Mellody Veldkamp scored on Lisa Hemingson's hit.
Veldkamp had two hits including a triple and brought in two runs.
St. Cloud only had two hits and made four errors.
Veldkamp, Hemingson, and Jenny Habben each scored a run in the third to make the score 5-1.
The last four innings of the game went fast because of great defensive plays made by both teams.
Hemingson had a superb pitching game going all seven innings. She changed speeds well and recorded nine strikeouts while walking three batters.
"I believe that if we keep our heads in the game and get rid of our mental mistakes, we could play like this all the time," said junior Heather Roos.
After last week's games, the Bulldogs were 4-6 in the conference and 7-7 overall.
The Bulldogs had an away game at LPGE on Monday and will play at Sauk Centre tomorrow (May 17). The Bulldogs will travel to Renville County West on Friday. Both games start at 4:30 p.m.
The Bulldogs' varsity softball will start subsection play next Monday or Tuesday (May 21-22).
The softball team will be hosting a junior high tournament on Saturday, May 19, starting at 9 a.m.
Cathedral Ð Batting: Ashley Poganski 1-3; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Poganski (L) (6-7-5-4-1-3).
Paynesville Ð Batting: Lisa Hemingson 1-3 R; Mellody Veldkamp 2-3 3B RBI R-2; Kelli Heinen 1-3; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Hemingson (W) (7-2-1-0-3-9).
Albany 7, Paynesville 6
The Bulldogs were defeated 7-6 by the Huskies in extra innings on Thursday.
The Bulldogs came out strong and led the game 6-2 going into the bottom of the fifth inning. However, Albany managed to score four runs to tie the score, including two runs in the seventh inning. Three of Albany's runs scored on errors.
Paynesville threatened in the top of the eighth, when Roos was walked with two outs and stole second base. The Huskies, though, stranded Roos at second.
Albany managed to score the game-winning run on a sacrifice bunt in the bottom of the eighth.
Stalboerger had three hits and scored two runs. Kelli Heinen had two hits and one run. Amy Buermann, Veldkamp, and Barten all added a hit.
Paynesville Ð Batting: Ann Stalboerger 3-4 R-2; Heinen 2-4 R; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Hemingson (L) (7.2-7-7-2-7-4).
Albany Ð Batting: Jamie Potter 2-5; Sara Eichoff 2-5; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Sara Eichoff (W) (8-8-6-6-4-1).
Litchfield 12, Paynesville 2
The Bulldogs couldn't put out the Dragons' fire on Friday, May 11. Paynesville lost 12-2 in five innings. Litchfield scored five runs in the second inning and again in the fifth to impose the ten-run rule.
The Dragons outhit Paynesville by four and had three triples and a double. Veldkamp hit a triple for Paynesville.
Pitcher Lisa Hemmingson tags out a Cathedral runner at home during the Bulldogs' 5-1 victory over the Crusaders on Tuesday, May 8.
Hemingson and Veldkamp scored the only runs for Paynesville. Hemingson was driven home by Jen Bruntlett, and Veldkamp scored on a wild pitch. Stalboerger had two hits for Paynesville. Hess and Veldkamp each added a hit as well.
Roos pitched a good game with two strikeouts. Heinen pitched the last inning and also had two strikeouts.
Litchfield Ð Batting: Amie Goihl 2-3 3B R-3 RBI-2; Christine Johnson 2-4 3B R-2; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Alicia Gustafson (W) (5-4-2-2-4-3).
Paynesville Ð Batting: Ann Stalboerger 2-3; Mellody Veldkamp 1-3 3B R; Kim Hess 1-3; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Heather Roos (L) (4-6-7-5-3-2); Kelli Heinen (1-2-5-5-3-2).
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