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Paynesville Press - May 22, 2002

Softball team sweeps three games

By Jenny Habben

The Bulldogs powered their way to three victories last week and ended the regular season with an 8-9 record.

"Everything is starting to fall into place," said coach Tim Woehler. "We've really tightened up our defense and have been hitting the ball hard."

Paynesville's first win of the week was on Monday, May 13, against Sauk Centre in six innings. The Bulldogs won 13-3 at Sauk Centre.

The Mainstreeters scored early and led 2-0 until the fifth inning, when the Bulldogs scored four runs. Senior Kelli Heinen walked and went to third on senior Lisa Hemingson's hard-hit double. Both scored when senior Jen Habben hit a homerun.

Junior Ann Stalboerger then walked and went to third on senior Heather Roos' single. Stalboerger scored on a passed ball to give the Bulldogs a 4-2 lead.

The Bulldogs kept their offense going in the sixth inning, when they scored nine more runs. Senior Amy Buermann started the inning by hitting a single. Ninth grader Kim Hess, senior Laurie Barten, and Stalboerger added hits during the inning.

Sauk Centre scored one run in the bottom of the sixth, but it wasn't enough to avoid the ten-run rule.

Paynesville had tough defense throughout the game. In the first inning, Roos fielded a ground ball and tagged the runner out and then threw out the runner at first to make a double play.

The Bulldogs were seeded seventh in the subsection and began playoffs on Monday, May 20, at Delano. If they win, they would have played again on Tuesday. The subsection final will be held on Thursday, May 23, at Loretto at 5 p.m.

Paynesville-- 000 049 x - 010 0
Sauk Centre-- 010 101 x - 3 5 2

Paynesville - Batting: Kim Hess 2-3 R-2; Jenny Habben 1-4 HR RBI-3; Lisa Hemingson 1-4 2B R-2; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Hemingson (W) (6-5-3-3-2-3);
Sauk Centre - Batting: Katie Bottelberghe 2-3 3B; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Dacia Funk (L) (6-12-13-10-8-9).

Paynesville 7, Albany 5
The Bulldogs beat the Albany Huskies on Thursday, despite being outhit 10-7.

The Huskies scored two runs in the first inning, but Paynesville answered with two runs of their own. Barten walked and stole second base, Heinen reached first on a dropped third strike, and both scored on Habben's double to tie the game.

Barten and Heinen scored again in the third inning on Stalboerger's hit to right field, as the Bulldogs took the lead for good.

Hess scored on a passed ball in the fourth inning to give the Bulldogs a 5-2 lead.

Throughout the game, the Dogs played tough defense and only committed one error. The Bulldogs made a double play in the first inning when Heinen fielded a ground ball and threw out the runner at first and then Stalboerger threw the ball home to get out the runner who was trying to score from third.

Albany scored one run in the fifth inning, but the Bulldogs came back with two runs in the bottom of the sixth.

With a 7-3 lead, Paynesville gave up two runs in the seventh inning and got the final two outs with runners on second and third to win the game 7-5.

Albany-- 200 010 2 - 510 2
Paynesville-- 202 102 x - 7 7 1

Albany - Batting: Dani Gill 2-3 R-3; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Marie Formaner (L) (6-7-7-6-9-5);
Paynesville - Batting: Laurie Barten 1-2 R-2; Jenny Habben 2-3 2B 3B RBI-3; Kellie Heinen 2-3 R-3; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Hemingson (W) (7-10-5-3-4-3).

Paynesville 14, ACGC 9
After a first-inning struggle with pitching that resulted in five ACGC runs, the Bulldogs soared to a 14-9 victory on Friday.

Hess and Lisa Hemingson scored runs for the Dogs in the first inning. Hess scored another run in the second inning to narrow ACGC's lead to 5-3; however, ACGC scored two more runs in the top of the third inning.

The Bulldogs scored runs in all six innings that they batted. Habben and Stalboerger scored runs in the third inning. In the fourth inning, junior Ashley Mackedanz, Hess, Buermann, and Stalboerger all got hits. Paynesville scored three runs to take a 8-7 lead.

In the fifth inning, the Bulldogs added two more runs to their lead.

Hemingson and Habben both had triples and Hemingson got two RBIs. Laurie Barten also added a double with an RBI.

Paynesville scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

The Bulldogs held the Falcons to seven runs until the seventh inning, when they scored two runs to make the final 14-9.

ACGC-- 502 000 2 - 95 1
Paynesville-- 212 324 x - 14 17 1

ACGC - Batting: Eric Hovey 2-3 2B R-3; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Jamie Tanner (L) (5-12-10-10-9-3); Iverson (1-5-4-4-0-0);
Paynesville - Batting: Laurie Barten 3-4 2B R-2; Jenny Habben 3-5 3B RBI-3; Lisa Hemingson 2-3 2B 3B R-3; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Habben (0.1-1-5-4-5-0); Hemingson (W) (6.2-4-4-1-8-5).

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