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Paynesville Press - August 20, 2003

Hosts get last rally for Friday victory

By Michael Jacobson

Chad StangPaynesville rallied but lost a back-and-forth game against host Viroqua (Wis.) in the second round of the Central Plains Region on Friday afternoon.

Viroqua took an early lead, scoring three runs in the first and another in the second. Chris Beier, in relief, pitched out of a bases-loaded, nobody-out jam in the second inning, allowing only one run.

Chad Stang slides under the tag of the Viroqua pitcher, tying the game in the sixth inning.

With Beier keeping Viroqua in check, Paynesville finally got on the scoreboard in the fourth inning, scoring five runs. Beier walked, Adam Kampsen doubled, and they both scored on a long single by Mike Mueller, who in turn scored on a double to right by Chad Stang. Stang and Jordan Haag, who had been hit by a pitch, both scored on a single down the line by John Hemingson.

Viroqua retook the lead with three runs in the top of the fifth, using three hits and a walk. Paynesville had a chance to turn a double play to limit the damage but after catching a line drive the throw to the third base was wild.

Paynesville committed three errors in the game, and they all proved costly, as Viroqua scored three unearned runs.

In the sixth, Paynesville used great baserunning to retake the lead. Haag doubled with one out and scored with a nifty slide on a singleto left by Stang, who took second on the play at the plate. Stang advanced to third on a single by Hemingson and scored the tying run on a wild pitch.

Cody Flanders walked, and with runners on the corners Paynesville completed a successful double steal to score the go-ahead run, with Trent Hansen (running for Flanders) swiping second and Hemingson coming home.

Two fielding errors by Paynesville led to three unearned runs in the top of the seventh, as Viroqua took a 10-8 lead. After the errors and a walk, Viroqua got three hits, with leftfielder Jamie Paul throwing out a runner at the plate to end the inning.

Paynesville got one runner on base in the bottom of the seventh but could not score, losing 10-8.

Coach Brad Skoglund said this was a great game, with a fantastic atmosphere due to the faithful Paynesville fans and the hometown Viroqua fans. In deciding their best chance to win the tournament, the coaches really stressed the importance of winning in the second round, said Skoglund, coming very close. They rallied to take a lead but just could not get the last three outs they needed for the victory.

Viroqua 10, Paynesville 8
Viroqua-- 310 030 3 - 1012 1
Paynesville-- 000 503 0 - 8 8 3

Viroqua - Batting: Damon Thundercloud 3-3 R RBI; Dusty Paye 2-5 RBI-2; Tyler Halvorson 2-4 R-2 RBI; Tim Slack 2-3 2B R RBI; Ryan Larson 2-3 RBI-2 R; Matt McCulloh 1-4 R-2; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Evan Buhr (3.1-3-5-5-2-5); Cody Spears (2-5-3-2-0-2); Halvorson (W) (1.2-0-0-0-1-2).

Paynesville - Batting: Chad Stang 2-3 2B RBI-2 R-2; John Hemingson 2-3 RBI-2 SB-2; Jordan Haag 1-3 2B R-2; Adam Kampsen 1-4 2B R; Mike Mueller 1-4 RBI-2; Jamie Paul 1-4; Pitching: (ip-h-r-er-bb-k) Justin Butkofski (1-4-4-4-3-1); Chris Beier (L) (5.2-7-6-3-3-3); Kampsen (0.1-1-0-0-0-0).

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