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|Paynesville Press - August 8, 2001|
Legion team places second in district tourney
The Paynesville Post #271 American Legion team won two games at a district tournament in Paynesville over the weekend but lost in the championship game to Bertha 11-3 and missed a return trip to the state tournament.|
Paynesville beat Baudette 5-4 on Friday night, St. Augusta 7-6 in eight innings on Saturday afternoon, but lost to Bertha on Saturday night. In all, eight teams competed in the two-day, single-elimination tournament held at the varsity baseball field at PAHS.
Russ Leyendecker singled, reached after being hit by a pitch, and scored two runs against Baudette on Friday. He scored what turned out to be the winning run in the fifth inning.
"We won a couple games," said Legion manager Brad Skoglund, "but we didn't play very well." Errors on defense hampered the team's effort. In the final against Bertha, back-to-back errors to start the third helped Bertha score six runs, all unearned, in the inning.
Against St. Augusta, the team made six errors, leading to five unearned runs. Paynesvile rallied to tie that game with three runs in the fifth inning and one in the sixth and won the game in the eighth when Ryan Schneider singled home Jon Lieser with the winning run.
"The thing is, we did not play defense," said Skoglund. "You win or lose with defense."
The young baseball team got good experience in the tournament, added Skoglund.
The Legion team had advanced to state in three of the past four years, including a runner-up state finish in 1999 and third place finishes in 1997 and 2000.
Sixth District Tournament
Paynesville - Batting: Adam Kampsen 1-2 R-2 SB-3; Russ Leyendecker 1-2 R-2 RBI; Wes Lieser 1-2 RBI; Nic Fuchs 1-3 R; Josh Krupke 1-3; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Adam Kampsen (W) (6-1-3-0-0-8); Josh Kampsen (S) (1-2-1-1-0-0-2).
Leadoff hitter Josh Krupke takes a cut in Paynesville's 5-4 victory over Baudette on Friday night.
Saturday, Aug. 4
Paynesville - Batting: Wes Lieser 2-3; Josh Krupke 2-5 R; Ryan Schneider 1-4 R RBI; Jon Lieser BB HBP R-2 SB-2; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Josh Kampsen (W) (8-5-6-1-3-5).
Bertha 11, Paynesville 3
Paynesville - Batting: Ryan Schneider 2-3 R; Jon Lieser 1-2 RBI BB; Adam Kampsen 1-2 SB BB; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Josh Kampsen (L) (2-2-2-2-2-0); Wes Lieser (4-4-9-1-6-2).
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