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Aurelia girls play tough against N-F

Monday, June 16, 2008

Aurelia sophomore catcher Courtney Bruce and Mr. Umpire await the pitch to a Newell-Fonda batter in June 9th Northwest Conference softball action at Aurelia. Photo by Dan Whitney
AURELIA - The Aurelia High School girls took on a very strong opponent, Newell-Fonda, in Northwest Conference softball action here on June 9, and the Bulldog girls held their own for most of the game, before the Mustangs plated five runs in the top of the seventh to take the contest by a 9-0 score.

The Bulldogs' Erin Laursen gave up nine earned runs on 14 hits, walked three and struck out five.

The Bulldogs could only manage two hits against Mustang pitching, with Heather Ballantyne stroking a single and Leah Kai clubbing a double, but Erin Laursen and Amanda Felten also reached base on Mustang errors, and Courtney Bruce, Kayla Bruns and Amber Loucks each drew a walk.

"I was very proud with how we played in this ball game," said Bulldog coach Jason Heeren. "Newell-Fonda is one of the top teams in the state in our class, and it's always fun to play against the best just to see how you do. We played solid defense behind great pitching and catching from Erin Laursen and

Aurelia pitcher Erin Laursen fires one to the plate in June 9th Northwest Conference softball action at Aurelia, while first baseman Heather Ballantyne is ready to field her position. Photo by Dan Whitney
Courtney Bruce. Our outfielders did a fantastic job of cutting balls

off, and the infielders did a good job of flowing to their spots to

hold their runners to minimal extra bases, which is something we have

been working on.

"Offensively, we went to the plate swinging. We had base runners in scoring position and had a nice line drive by Kayla Bruns, unfortunately it was right at the shortstop. We put lots of balls in play and created some nice situations for ourselves. This was a great ball game for us to build on."

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