On Friday June 15, the team hosted conference rival Storm Lake St. Mary's. The Panthers came out on top in the contest by a 9-6 score.
Aurelia coach Jason Heeren said, "St. Mary's played a fantastic game. For the most part they took care of anything hit to them. We just couldn't get the balls to fall when we had runners on base - we left eight base runners stranded. We have to keep hitting the ball hard, and good things will happen."
Emily Rohlk was on the mound against St. Mary's, hurling the entire seven innings. The sophomore gave up seven earned runs on 13 hits, and did not strike out or walk any batters. Rohlk also paced Bulldog hitters, going 2-4 at the plate. Kristine Munden hit a double, drove in two runs and also scored twice.
On Saturday, the girls traveled to Akron to play in the Akron-Westfield Tournament. Their first contest was against the Kingsley-Pierson Panthers, and they beat the Maple Valley Conference team by a 4-2 score.
Rohlk turned in a stellar pitching performance, giving up seven hits and two runs, one of them earned. She also surrendered seven hits, struck out two, and walked three.
Christa Corderman went 2-3 at the plate for the Bulldogs, with a double and two RBI. Liz Laursen also doubled and scored a run.
Heeren said "We played a good ball game against a well-coached team. Their pitcher was working to keep us off-balance, but we stayed patient at the plate, and hit good pitches. The biggest thing is we played with confidence, and ended up with the win. I was very proud of them."
In their second tournament game, the Bulldogs took on the two-time defending state champion, host Akron-Westfield. Coach Heeren summed it up best when he said , "We found out why A-W has been the state champion the last two years."
Heeren said the Westerners are "well-coached and understand how the game is to be played."
Though the Bulldogs lost 17-4 in three innings, the coach said, "It was great to get to play against such an awesome team. The girls got to see a great example of how to play ball."
Erin Laursen pitched for Aurelia, giving up 17 runs, 16 earned, 13 hits, and walking 10 Westerner batters. The Bulldogs garnered just two hits, one each by Leah Kai and Kristun Tabler.
The Bulldogs traveled to neighboring Alta on Monday to take on the conference rival Cyclones. The girls from BV County came out ahead, winning 11-4.
Though the 'Dogs were solid offensively, hitting the ball well, Heeren said the defense needs to step up and give the team a chance to win ball games. The Bulldogs committed four errors in the game, contributing to six unearned runs. Said Heeren, "Routine plays let us down. Two dropped third strikes and some miscommunication on easy fly balls played a big part in this game."
Emily Rohlk took the loss on the hill, giving up 15 hits and striking out eight. She did not issue any walks.