PHS baseball: Played great defense in first 2 games

This article submitted by Linda Stelling on 4/14/98.

Paynesville hosted New London-Spicer on Monday, April 6, winning 8-1 and traveled to Melrose to take on the Dutchmen on Thursday, April 9, losing 7-1.

Coach Brad Skoglund said the team played great defense at both games. ďHowever, the team needs to learn how to play with more intensity and emotion. We need to learn how to play varsity,Ē he added.

Melrose
David Hemmesch threw a good game against Melrose, coach Skoglund said. Chris Soine had three solo double plays.

ďEven though we outhit Melrose, their hits came all at one time while ours were spread out throughout the game,Ē coach Skoglund added. ďI was pleased with how the team played.Ś

In the first inning, Brent Heinen hit a single, stole second and scored on a wild pitch to give Paynesville a 1-0 lead.

The key turning point in the game came in the fourth inning. Paynesville was ahead 1-0 when Hemmesch hit a line drive to third and then the third baseman threw the ball to first for a double play.

Paynesville left eight batters stranded on base. Leading the hitting for the Bulldogs was Aagesen going 2 for 4 with two singles; Chris Soine was 2 for 3 with two singles.

Hemmesch and Wuertz struck out two and walked two.

Paynesville: 100 000 0 - 1 8 2
Melrose: 000 160 x- 7 7 1

New London-Spicer
Paynesville gave up a first inning homer to Jed Nelson. Ben Bork led off the hitting in the bottom of the first inning for the Bulldogs with a double and stole third on a wild pitch. He scored on a sacrifice by Chris Soine.

In the second inning, Bret Aagesen returned the home run favor to make it a 2-1 ball game.

Paynesville broke open the game in the fourth inning. David Hemmesch, Josh Erickson, and Bret Aagesen all walked. Erickson and Aagesen scored on NLS errors. Chris VanderBeek scored on a fielders choice.

In the fifth inning, Hemmesch hit a double and scored on a NLS third base error. In the sixth inning, Ben Bork and Chris Soine were walked and scored on singles hit by Chris Loesch and Aagesen.

Aagesen led the hitting attack against the Wildcats going 3 for 3 with two runs, three RBI and a home run. Brent Heinen was 1 for 3 and Ben Bork and David Hemmesch were both 1 for 2.

Heinen struck out six batters and walked two.

NLS: 100 000 0- 1 5 3
Paynesville: 110 312 x - 8 7 1

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