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Paynesville Press - June 13, 2001

Young baseball team improves during season

By Michael Jacobson

The Bulldogs baseball team ended their season with a record of 6-12 overall and 3-9 in the West Central Conference North.

Three players earned conference honors this year. Seniors Jon Lieser and Chris Rohe earned All Conference recognition, and junior Pat Rohe was named honorable mention.

Head coach Brad Skoglund said the team showed great improvement during the year, especially at bat. The team was shutout in two of its first three games, but rallied to hit .277 for the season. Seniors Chris Rohe and Jon Lieser led the team at the plate with averages of .381 and .361 respectively. Rohe had 13 RBIs, and Lieser had ten. Both were named All Conference in the West Central Conference North.

Other seniors on the team this year were Nic Stalboerger and T.J. Schultz. Schultz, Rohe, and Lieser each hit two homers to lead the team.

Named honorable mention to the All Conference team was junior shortstop Pat Rohe. He led the team with eight stolen bases.

Junior Max Meagher led underclassmen hitters with a .365 average. The young team this year got no favors from the weather, which kept them indoors until practically their first game. The late spring allowed for precious little outdoor batting practice before the season started and little practice at all once the season began.

On the mound, the team was led by Lieser and junior Jeremy Fuchs. Lieser had a record of 3-4 with an ERA of 2.87, and Fuchs was 2-2 with an ERA of 2.71.

Unearned runs plagued the team this year. The Bulldogs allowed only 65 earned runs for a team ERA of 3.86, but they also allowed 35 unearned runs, nearly two per game.

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