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Aurelia girls find the going tough

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Aurelia Bulldog softball team dropped a 14-0 decision to Northwest Conference foe Alta on June 13th.

Aurelia pitcher Erin Laursen fires a pitch to the plate in recent softball action. Photo by Reta Todd
Erin Laursen took the loss on the mound for the Bulldogs. Aurelia coach Jason Heeren said, "Alta was seeing the ball really well, and hit every gap on the field. Hopefully we will be able to do the same the next time we face them."

On June 14th, the Bulldogs traveled to Akron for the Akron-Westfield Tournament. In their first game, the Bulldogs held a 1-0 lead after 3 1/2 innings, but Remsen-Union tallied three runs in the bottom of the fourth and added another trio of runs in the fifth in taking a 6-1 victory.

Erin Laursen only gave up three hits to the Rockets while the Bulldogs collected six hits. Laursen walked six and had one strikeout. Bulldog senior shortstop Leah Kai was 2 for 2 at the plate with a double and a triple and a walk. Laursen was 2 for 4, and Audrey Winterhof, Cassie Sleezer, and Amber Loucks each had one hit.

"Offensively," said coach Heeren, "we were able to get base runners, but not being able to get the hits with runners on base is killing us. Defensively we played real tough. We allowed too many base runners in the last two innings,

and they came through with some timely hits to score their runs. We

need to be more productive at the plate."

In their second game of the tournament, the Bulldogs faced Charter Oak-Ute, and eight Bobcat runs in the third innning were the 'Dogs' undoing, as CO-U went on to post a 12-2 win.

Freshman Audrey Winterhof, in her first varsity start, threw four innings, gave up seven hits and struck out two, but also issued 10 bases on balls.

"I was proud of Audrey's efforts in her first varsity start," said coach Heeren. "She will continue to improve with more experience."

Winterhof, Courtney Bruce and Heather Ballantyne each collected one hit at the plate for the Bulldogs.

"Again, our offense couldn't come through for us," said Heeren. "That's something we are going to have to keep working on."

On June 16th, the Bulldogs returned to conference action, traveling to Peterson to take on the Sioux Central Rebels. The home team didn't have any "big" innings on Monday, just a lot of little ones. They scored between one and three runs in each of six innings, enough to ward off the Bulldogs - who scored three in the third and another five in the fifth - and post a 12-8 Northwest Conference win. The Rebels had 13 hits and the Bulldogs 11 in the hard-hitting contest.

"This was by far our best offensive game of the year," said Heeren. "We were seeing the ball well and getting hits when we needed them. A few miscues on

defense may have cost us this one, but I am proud of how much we

improved from Saturday. Hopefully we can put a complete game together

and get a few wins in the book."

Erin Laursen pitched six innings for the Bulldogs, giving up 12 runs on 13 hits, walking six and striking out four. At the plate Laursen was 3 for 3 with a run scored; Audrey Winterhof was 3 for 4 with two runs scored; Leah Kai, Courtney Bruce, Kayla Bruns, Amanda Felten, and Amber Loucks each had one hit for the Bulldogs.

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