Boys split two games
AURELIA - Aurelia High School softball coach Jason Heeren provided this capsule summary of Thursday night's Northwest Conference game with Schaller-Crestland : "It's hard to win ball games when you don't score runs - and it's hard to score runs when you don't hit the ball."
His comment came following a 7-0 Wildcat victory over the Bulldogs, in which Schaller-Crestland collected 10 hits to just two by Aurelia. Emily Rohlk and Audrey Winterhof had the Bulldog hits, and Rohlk pitched the entire seven inning game, allowing the 10 hits and one walk. Rohlk had six Ks, and only three of the Wildcat runs were of the earned variety, due to three Aurelia errors.
The Bulldogs' next matchup is with Storm Lake St. Mary's tonight (Thursday).
The Aurelia boys played a double header against Schaller-Crestland, with the teams splitting the double-dip. In the opener, the Bulldogs got off to a quick start in the first inning. Jared Bruce led off with a single and stole second. Tanner Winterhof slugged a triple to score Bruce, then scampered home himself on an error. Schaller-Crestland had scored in the top half of the inning, as Kiley Murra doubled in Collin Johnson, who had also ripped a two-bagger. After the exciting first inning, that was it for scoring for both teams. The game ended with that 2-1 score, in favor of the Bulldogs. Winterhof did not allow any more hits after the first inning, and walked only one batter, while striking out four.
The Bulldogs continued to show improved defense, committing just one error in the contest. In addition to those already mentioned, freshmen Matt Todd and Dalton Jones also collected hits, along with Sophomore Jason Glienke.
Unfortunately for coach T.J. Schaefer and the Bulldogs, their defense problems returned in the second game of the twin bill, as the team committed eight errors. The problems started immediately, as the team committed three errors on a single play in the first inning, allowing four Wildcat runners to cross the plate . In the bottom of the first, Camrin Meyer knocked in Jared Bruce to cut S-C's lead to 4-1, but in the top of the 4th, Schaller-Crestland scored seven times to seal the win. The final score was Schaller-Crestland 14, Aurelia 3.
Bruce took the loss on the hill for the 'Dogs, giving up 15 hits (including a home run), and seven earned runs, while striking out five and walking one.
The games ended the home season for Aurelia. They play at Storm Lake St. Mary's tonight (Thursday) and Wall Lake View-Auburn tomorrow night, before playing St. Mary's again Saturday at 7 p.m. in District Tournament action at Alta.