Alta used five pitchers in a back-and-forth battle between the two conference rivals. Aurelia took an early 1 to 0 lead to start the game, but Alta answered with four runs in the top of the third. Aurelia then went ahead on a grand slam home run by Jared Bruce in the bottom of the third, to make the score 5 to 4.
Aurelia and Alta both added runs in the fifth and sixth. The Bulldogs executed three pick offs in the top of the 7th inning to thwart a Alta scoring threat, and closed the gap to three runs in the 7th, resulting in the final 15-12 score.
Jared Bruce struck out five and walked five in taking the loss on the mound, and also went 4 for 4, including that grand slam home run. Dalton Jones went 3 for 3, Jason Glienke was 1 for 1, and Camrin Meyer went 1 for 5.
" Our players did an excellent job staying focused and never gave up," said Aurelia coach Bob Mikos. "The grand slam by Jared Bruce gave everyone a boost in confidence. This was some of the best baseball we have played in a long time. Our players were focused and never gave up. "
Monday, the Bulldogs traveled to Peterson to take on the Sioux Central Rebels in Northwest Conference action. Aurelia took a brief 4-3 lead in the 2nd inning, but then Sioux Central started consistently hitting the gaps, and runs started to accumulate.
Kody Pinkerton struck out four and didn't walk anyone in the game, which ended after five innings in a 15-4 Sioux Central victory. Jared Bruce went 3 for 3 with a home run for the Bulldogs, making him 7-7 with two homers over two consecutive games. Camrin Meyer, Angelo Mikos, Dalton Jones, Mike Pritchard, Jason Glienke, and Miki Alt each went 1 for 3 at the plate for the 'Dogs.
" Our bats are starting to talk," said Bulldog coach Bob Mikos," but we have to have better defense to beat a team like Sioux Central. Our focus was not as sharp as the Alta game last Friday.