Paynesville had defeated Blackduck 8-2 on Saturday to advance to the district finals. They had also twice defeated Swanville, a number one seeded team, in earlier playoffs to advance.
Coach Brad Skoglund said the team played in some great ball games in the past two weeks. "The team really improved as the season went on,î he said. "It was disappointing losing this game as the team played so poor defensively. I'm lucky to have coached such a nice bunch of players. Overall, the season has been a lot of fun."
Big Lake 6
Paynesville committed seven errors on Sunday against Big Lake. The team, which had only committed five errors in the last seven games, lost the game on defensive play. Big Lake won 6-2 and will now advance to the state tournament.
David Hemmesch pitched for Paynesville and gave up only four hits. Coach Skoglund said Hemmesch pitched an outstanding game and has really progessed as a pitcher.
Darren Michaelis was 2-4 Sunday. Scott Shosted went 2-2 and Mike Stalboeger went 1-3.
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Paynesville defeated Blackduck 8-2 on Saturday to qualify for the district finals on Sunday.
Jason Schlecht started the game for Paynesville, but had control problems and. Mike Stalboerger pitched in relief and picked up the win.
Coach Skoglund said the team had everything together in this game, defense, pitching and hitting. Paynesville also had five stolen bases.
Leading hitters were Josh Williams, 3-4 with a double; Brett Aagesen, 2-3 with an RBI and a double; Scott Shosted, 2-3 with an RBI; Dan Starken, 1-4 with an RBI; Jason Schlecht, 1-2 with 2 RBIs; Jeremy Reiter,1-3; and Darren Michaelis, 1-4.
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