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Paynesville Press - June 9, 2001

Strong pitching boosts softball team this spring

By Michael Jacobson

Junior Kim Hess (below left) earned All Conference honors in softball for the third straight season, and junior Val Callenius (below right) earned All Conference honors in softball for the first time this season.

Kim Hess Hess led the team in hitting (.383), hits (23), extra base hits (7), runs (23), walks (11), on base percentage (.479), and stolen bases (21). The junior shortstop edged Callenius for the teamÕs Player of the Year Award, voted by their teammates, and earned All Conference honors in the West Central Conference North for the third straight season.

Val Callenius Callenius, a pitcher and third baseman, was second on the team in hits (22), hitting (.349), extra base hits (5), and on base percentage (.406). As cleanup hitter, she led the team with 12 RBIs. She also led the pitching staff in innings pitched (58), strikeouts (43), and ERA (3.14).

Junior catcher Ashley Spanier earned honorable mention honors in the All Conference voting. She hit .267 with an on base percentage of .333.

The Bulldogs comprised a 7-13 record this year with a lineup that included only one at bat by a senior.

The teamÕs pitching was especially strong, compiling a team ERA of 3.38. All three members of the pitching staff Š Callenius, Amber Chevalier, and Leah Spanier, who are all juniors Š had an ERA under 4.00. Callenius had an ERA of 3.14 in 58 innings, Spanier had an ERA of 3.34 in nearly 36 innings, and Chevalier had an ERA of 3.74 in 43 innings. Chevalier led the team with four pitching victories, with Spanier second with two.

The Bulldogs yielded 34 fewer runs in 2004 (109) than in 2003 (143). But the Dogs only hit .252 this spring, down from .281 in 2003 and .305 in 2002. And scored only 90 runs, down from 109 last year.

In other team awards, voted by the players, sophomore Amanda Skalicky was named the Rookie of the Year and Chevalier was named the Will to Win Athlete.

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