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Paynesville advances in 6AA

Keely Meagher, right, of Paynesville celebrates her two-run home run with teammates in the first inning of a Section 6AA playoff softball game against Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Monday at Paynesville. The Bulldogs won, 6-1. Tribune photo by T.J. Bartelt

PAYNESVILLE -- Keely Meagher's two-run home run was all Paynesville needed to get past Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 6-1 in the first round of the Section 6AA softball tournament Monday.

Meagher ripped a line drive over the fence in left field that also scored Taylor Haag to give the Bulldogs (16-4) a 2-0 lead.

Whitney Woehler held the Thunder to one run on eight hits in going the distance to earn the win for the Bulldogs.

Paynesville advances to a second-round contest with St. Cloud Cathedral at 4:30 p.m. today at Melrose. She struck out three and didn't walk a batter.

The Bulldogs had only four hits, but took advantage of six walks and three LPGE (12-8) errors.

Paynesville 6, LPGE 1

LPGE 001 000 0 -- 1 8 3

Paynesville 212 100 x -- 6 4 0

HITTING - Long Prairie-Grey Eagle: Rosalie Miller 2-for-4, 2b; Cari Blommel 1-for-3, 2b, rbi ... Paynesville: Taylor Haag 1-for-1; Keely Meagher 1-for-2, 2-run HR, 3 rbi; Jessica Klein 1-for-2; Jasmine Kalkbrenner 1-for-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Long Prairie-Grey Eagle: Rosalee Miller (L) 3Zc-4-5-5-5-3; Cari Blommel 2Xc0-1-0-1-4 ... Paynesville: Whitney Woehler (W) 7-8-1-1-0-3