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Paynesville Press - July 20, 2005

Legion baseball team ends regular season 6-7

The Paynesville Legion baseball team beat Sauk Centre 8-2 on Thursday but lost a doubleheader to Ely on Friday to finish their regular season with a record of 6-7.

Ryan Hess had a complete game on the pitching mound against Sauk Centre on Thursday and also led the team with three hits, including a pair of run-scoring doubles. Paynesville built a 5-0 lead against Sauk Centre and then added three runs in the top of the seventh after Sauk had scored two runs.

Paynesville was swept by Ely in a doubleheader on Friday but both games were close. Paynesville lost 3-1 in ten innings in the first game, as Ely scored two runs in the top of the tenth to win, and Paynesville lost 7-4 in a six-inning game in the nightcap, as Ely scored four runs in the top of the sixth to rally and win.

Derek Stanger, facing a college-bound pitcher for Ely in the first game, pitched very well, said coach Brad Skoglund. Mark Andrie led the team with two hits in the second game against Ely.

Paynesville has been playing lots of young players in Legion games this year, and they have been playing good ball, said Skoglund.

Next week, Paynesville will host the region tournament once again. The single-elimination, eight-team tournament will be held on Thursday, July 28, and Friday, July 29, at the high school field.

Paynesville 8, Sauk Centre 2
Paynesville-- 013 010 3 - 811 2
Sauk Centre-- 000 020 0 - 2 10 1

Paynesville ­ Batting: Ryan Hess 3-3 2B-2 RBI-2 R-2; Trent Hansen 2-4 R-2 SB-2; Dan Lien 2-4; Chuck Mackedanz 1-3 R-2; Sam Bayer 1-3 R; Riley Sampsen 1-3; Keegan Meagher 1-4; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Hess (W) (7-10-2-1-2-1).

Ely 3, Paynesville 1
Ely-- 100 000 000 2 - 36 0
Paynesville-- 010 000 000 0 - 1 4 4

Paynesville ­ Batting: Hansen 1-3; Mark Andrie 1-4; Meagher 1-4; Alex Naujokas 1-5 SB-2; John Hemingson 0-2 BB-3 R; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Derek Stanger (L) (10-6-3-3-6-5).

Ely 7, Paynesville 4
Ely-- 201 004 - 79 1
Paynesville-- 030 100 - 4 9 0

Paynesville ­ Batting: Andrie 2-3 R; Sampsen 1-3 R-2; Derek Looman 1-2 2B; Hansen 1-2; Ted Hoffman 1-2; Colin Spooner 1-3 R; Naujokas 1-3; Hemingson 1-3; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Jamie Paul (L) (6-9-7-7-2-4).

Junior Legion to state
Paynesvillešs Junior Legion baseball team will play in the 2005 State Junior Legion Championship this week in Edina. Other teams in the 12-team, double-elimination tournament are Anoka/Ramsey, Bloomington, Edina, Hector, Hopkins, Lakeville, Minnetonka, New Prague, Osseo, St. Francis, and Tri-City Red.

Paynesville, which has a first-round bye, will play the winner of Edina and Osseo at 8 p.m. on Thursday for their first game. If they win, they will play again on Saturday at 2 p.m. If they lose their first game, they will play at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and then at 9 a.m. on Saturday if they win after that.

All games will be played at the Braemar Fields in Edina.

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