POCAHONTAS - The Aurelia Bulldogs got behind early in a game against Twin Lakes Conference member Pocahontas Area Thursday at Pocahontas, and couldn't recover. After surrendering 14 runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, the 'Dogs managed their lone run in the top of the fifth, and the game mercifully ended at the end of their half inning, due to the 10-run mercy rule, the final score 22- 1.
Greg Kolpin took the loss on the hill, and Chris Mikos pitched the final frame for the Bulldogs. Kolpin and Mikos also had the only two hits for Aurelia - both singles - as Pocahontas Area's Zach Suntken was tough on the mound.
First year Bulldog coach Matt Diediker said that his team has "struggled in the fielding aspect of the game from the start of the season." In their two wins, he says, the 'Dogs have been able to out-hit their opponents to compensate for their fielding problems, and in their losses, they have had more errors in the field than hits at the plate.
Diediker says the team's "lack of numbers" has forced him to play four or five underclassmen each game, and that hopefully, as the season continues, these young players will develop their skills to the point where the '"routine" plays will be made. He also hopes the team will hit with more consistency as the season progresses.
The Aurelia varsity's next contest will be a home game against Northwest Conference foe Newell-Fonda (to whom they lost a 3-1 game in the Memorial Day tournament) tonight. The busy 'Dogs then travel to Sioux Central Tuesday night, host Pomeroy-Palmer Wednesday, and visit Sac City on Friday, all crucial Northwest Conference match-ups.