Habben earns All Conference honors in softball

This article submitted by Jenny Habben on 6/14/00.

The girls softball team had a banquet at Veteran's Memorial Park on Wednesday, May 31.

Sophomore Jenny Habben was chosen All Conference. Sophomore Laurie Barten and junior Mellody Veldkamp were chosen as honorable mention.

The Bulldogs improved greatly in the 2000 season. The Bulldogs had 45 more hits this year than last and held opposing hitters to 126, which is two hits less than last season. Paynesville scored 52 more runs this season and held their opponents to 138 runs, compared to last year's 184.

The Bulldogs had 30 more RBIs this season, and cut their errors down by 11.

The Paynesville softball team was 1-10 in conference games and 3-3 in non-conference games. Their overall record for the season was 4-13. The Bulldogs beat Sauk Centre, BBE, NLS, and ACGC.

Tricia Hemmesch led the Bulldogs with a batting average of .327. Barten and Habben had batting averages of .250.

Lisa Hemingson led the team in RBIs with a total of 10.

Barten had the team's longest hitting streak. She had hits in five consecutive games. Veldkamp had hits in four consecutive games.

Habben led the team with five multiple hit games. Hemmesch had four. Hemingson had 13 stolen bases. Barten, Habben, and Hemmesch had 11 stolen bases apiece.

On defense, Crystal Humbert had 123 put outs at first base. Habben had 39 at second, and pitcher Kelly Loesch had 38.

Veldkamp, the catcher, had 59 assists during the season. Hemingson, the shortstop, had 42 assists.

"I was very pleased with the way the girls improved throughout the year," said Tim Woehler, who completed his first year as the varsity softball coach. "We were competitive in all our games this year with the exception of two or three. I think the best compliment the girls can take with them from this season is that towards the end of the season several opposing coaches commented on our improvement, and I believe that speaks volumes."

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