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|Paynesville Press - May 22, 2002|
Solo homers back strong pitching in baseball win
The Bulldogs baseball team beat Albany 2-1 in Avon on Friday to conclude the regular season.|
Senior catcher Ryan Schneider hit two solo homeruns to provide all the offense that junior pitcher Josh Kampsen would need, as he threw a complete game, allowing only one unearned run on two hits.
Schneider broke a scoreless tie with his solo homer with one out in the top of the fifth. Then, with Paynesville leading 1-0, he hit another one-out homer in the top of the seventh.
The Huskies got their only run in the bottom of the seventh, when an error prolonged the inning and put the tying run in scoring position before Kampsen induced the final out.
The victory was just the second in conference play for the Bulldogs, who finished their West Central Conference North schedule with a record of 2-10.
The Bulldogs, though, are 5-1 in nonconference play (7-11 overall) and have been seeded second in their subsection.
The Dogs beat the top seed in the subsection (ACGC) earlier this season, but did not face the Falcons' top pitcher.
Coach Brad Skoglund said the team needs to get good pitching and solid defense to do well in the playoffs. "We've got to play good ball," he said. "We've got to worry about ourselves and not our opponents."
The Bulldogs will open the subsection playoffs on Thursday, May 23, when they host winless New London-Spicer at 5 p.m. The Dogs beat the Cats 6-5 in April.
If they win, the Bulldogs will face either Rockford or Kimball in the subsection semifinals on Tuesday, May 28, at Maple Lake at 5 p.m.
Paynesville - Batting: Ryan Schneider 2-3 HR-2; Wes Lieser 2-3; Josh Kampsen 1-2 SB-3; Josh Krupke 1-3 SB; Scott Buermann 1-3; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Kampsen (W) (7-2-1-0-7-3);
Sauk Centre 4, Paynesville 1
The Mainstreeters scored two runs in the second inning and two more in the fifth inning to win.
For the Bulldogs, senior Max Meagher singled and scored on junior Josh Krupke's single in the first inning for Paynesville. After the two hits in the first inning, the Streeters' Marcus Bromenshenkel held the Dogs to three hits over the next six innings.
After Sauk Centre took a 2-1 lead in the second inning, senior shortstop Matt Middendorf added some insurance runs with a two-run homer in the fifth inning.
Sophomore Adam Kampsen pitched a complete game for the Dogs. His teammates played error-free defense for him.
Sauk Centre - Batting: Matt Middendorf 2-4 HR RBI-2; Jesse Ellens 1-3 R; Zach Wachlorowitz 1-3 R RBI; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Marcus Bromenshenkel (W) (7-5-1-1-0-7);
LPGE 12, Paynesville 11
The Bulldogs scored in their first six at bats and led 11-8 going into the bottom of the sixth, but the Thunder used four base hits and a Bulldog error to score four runs and take a 12-11 lead.
The Thunder then held the Dogs scoreless for the first time all game in the top of the seventh to win.
Adam Kampsen hit a three-run homer for the Bulldogs in the first inning, as they took an early lead. Everytime they took the lead, though, they allowed the Thunder to score four runs: in the first, fourth, and sixth innings.
Senior Pat Rohe had three hits for the Bulldogs, including a pair of triples. He scored three runs and drove in two.
Paynesville - Batting: Pat Rohe 2-4 R-3B-2 R-3 RBI-2; Wes Lieser 2-4 R; Josh Krupke 1-3 R; Max Meagher 1-4 R; Adam Kampsen 1-5 HR RBI-3; Pitching: Wes Lieser and Russ Leyendecker.
Litchfield 15, Paynesville 10
The Bulldogs scored 10 runs but could never catch the Dragons, trailing throughout the game.
Ryan Schneider hit a two-run homer for the Bulldogs in the second inning. Senior Nic Fuchs had an RBI single in the third, and Josh Krupke had an RBI triple in the sixth inning.
Litchfield - Batting: Ryan Johnson 4-5 2B 3B HR RBI-3 R-3; Tyler Smith 2-4 R; Terry Euerle 2-5 2B; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Dave Schrum (W) (7-7-10-7-5-6).
Paynesville 6, Benson 3
Adam Kampsen hit a two-run homer in the first inning to give Paynesville the lead, and Nic Fuchs added an RBI single. Pat Rohe stole home for the Bulldogs' fourth run.
Kampsen drew a bases-loaded walk in the fourth to drive home another run, and Josh Krupke triped and scored on Rohe's single in the fifth.
Josh Kampsen pitched a complete game, giving him two pitching victories for the week.
Paynesville - Batting: Adam Kampsen 1-2 HR RBI-3; Josh Krupke 1-2 3B R-2; Nic Fuchs 1-3 RBI; Max Meagher 1-4 R; Pat Rohe 1-2 R RBI; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Josh Kampsen (W) (7-6-3-3-6-4).
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