Aurelia's Erin Laursen in recent action. Photo by Roy Tucker
FONDA - The Aurelia Bulldog softball team played one of its best games of the young season here Monday night, but still lost the Northwest Conference battle to Newell-Fonda by a 3-1 score. Aurelia was sparked by the young battery of Emily Rohlk and Courtney Bruce, who, in coach Jason Heeren's words, "kept a good hitting team off-balance. We got a lot of ground balls and fly balls, which our defense took care of." The game was scoreless through the top of the 4th inning, but the Mustangs broke through with two runs in the bottom of that inning. Aurelia made it 2-1 in the 6th, but Newell-Fonda also scored in their half of the 6th , to account for the final 3-1 score. Despite the loss, Heeren said that his team played much better than they had in their previous games. The Bulldogs were much more aggressive at the plate, and "hit the ball as hard as we have all year," he said. Though the team struck out quite few times, Heeren felt that his batters were taking quality cuts, and battled deep in the count. He hopes this performance "can be used as a starting point to wake up the bats." Rolk pitched a complete game for the Bulldogs, surrendering six hits and three earned runs, while walking two batters and striking out three. Kristine Munden paced Aurelia hitting, going 2-3 with a stolen base. Rohlk, Tara Fordyce, and Kristun Tabler had the Bulldogs' other hits.