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
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."