Boys lose, 14- 4
SAC CITY - The Aurelia Bulldogs "put it all together" in Northwest Conference softball action here on Wednesday, beating the Sac City Indians by a score of 4-2.
The teams were tied at 2 after the first innings, then traded zeros until the Bulldogs came through with some big hits in the 6th inning to put two more on the board and give the Aurelia team the win.
Kristun Tabler led Bulldog hitters with a 2 for 4 performance at the plate, and Erin Laursen, Kristine Munden, Tara Fordyce, and Christa Corderman combined for the remainder of the Bulldogs' six base knocks.
Aurelia coach Jason Heeren said "This was by far our best defensive effort of the season," as the Bulldogs did not commit a single error in the field. Heeren singled out junior Leah Kai, who he said was "top-notch at shortstop for us, making some huge plays, which could have changed the momentum of the ball game."
Heeren also cited battery-mates Emily Rohlk and Courtney Bruce, saying they "did a great job moving pitches around the plate and changing speeds to keep their hitters guessing."
In conclusion, the coach said that the game was a good way to start the "home stretch" of the season. The team will play at Storm Lake St. Mary's on Thursday, then wrap up their regular season with home contests against Alta on Monday and Wall Lake View-Auburn on Wednesday, July 11.
The Bulldog girls now have an overall record of 4-10, and their conference mark is 2-6.
In the boys' baseball game between the two schools, the Bulldogs trailed the Indians by only two runs at the end of the third inning, but a seven-run 4th inning by Sac put the game out of reach for the young Bulldog squad, and Sac City ended up winning the game 14-4 in five innings.
Jared Bruce went 2-3 with a double for the Bulldogs, and Kody Pinkerton took the loss on the mound, pitching four innings and surrendering 14 hits, including a home run. Pinkerton walked three batters and struck out three. Only seven of the Indian runs were earned.