AURELIA -- The Aurelia girls took advantage of five Clay Central-Everly errors on their way to a 6-2 non-conference win over the visiting Mavericks team here on Thursday.
Aurelia built a 5-0 lead after 4 innings, using good defense and great pitching to get there. The defense let down a bit in the top of the seventh, as CC-E scored their only two runs of the game then.
The Mavs out-hit the home team 5 -2, but had five errors on defense, allowing the Bulldogs to build their lead. Erin Laursen drove in two of the Aurelia runs, and added a stolen base, as did Kristine Munden, who also had a hit and scored twice. Tara Fordyce had the other Bulldog hit.
Sophomore Emily Rohlk gave up five hits and two earned runs, while striking out seven CC-E batters and walking four, to pick up the pitching win.
Bulldog coach Jason Heeren said, "Offensively we need to be more aggressive at the plate. We made decent contact and put the ball in play, but I think we need to really work to drive the ball. Our bunting game went well, which caused them to make mistakes and we did a good job taking advantage of them."
Heeren felt the team was very sharp defensively until the last inning , when the Bulldogs "didn't think ahead about a situation, which aided in their runs."
"Emily Rohlk pitched a great game," said Heeren. "She had her pitches working, and was able to spot them all night. She got in some tough jams and worked out of them really well. When she needed a ground ball, she was able to get it. Courtney Bruce did a nice job in her first varsity start behind the plate".