This fall we will be writing a series of blogs called the Fall Report which will share the teams progress throughout the fall training season.
The Bulldogs 14U fall training season, got off to a great start on the road, as they tallied 14 runs on 9 hits with only 2 errors against the Lisle Slammers in last nights fall opener.
It was a gorgeous night in a picturesque setting at a very nice Lisle park district field with full dugouts, a fence and bleachers built for travel softball.
The Bulldogs got solid contributions from everyone on the team from veteran 14U players to the exciting new players we added to the program in August. The 14U veterans from last year, Victoria Fender and Alexa VanderLuitgaren, let their leadership shine when they combined for 3 RBI's and scored 3 runs with Fender going 2 for 3 at the plate with 2 singles.
The core of the team which moved up from 12U also made significant contributions combining for 6 RBI's and 9 runs scored with Molly "Beebs" Giesen leading the way going 2 for 2 with 1 RBI and 2 stolen bases, including a great delayed steal of home. Elly "Squirrel" Reynolds picked up right where she left of last season hitting a blistering rope of a line drive just inside the 3rd base line for the teams first double of the season, resulting in 2 RBI's.
The biggest story of the night though, came from the three "rookies" on the team, Aerin Seemann, Natalie Dean and Amy Morden who together contributed 2 RBI's and 2 runs, with Seemann leading the way going 2 for 2, with an RBI, a stolen base and 1 run scored. The "rookies" also made very solid contributions on defense with Dean and Seemann splitting time at third base and making some nice plays. Amy Morden made her debut behind the plate with 1 solid inning of catching.
Bulldog pitching also got off to a solid start with Avery "Showtime" Lundblad and Chloe "Thunder" Tratar splitting the game evenly with two innings of work. The tandem combined for a solid outing with Lundblad getting the win and Tratar getting the save, while striking out 5, walking 4 and giving up 5 hits. Strike percentage was looking good, with both pitchers combining for a .571.
THe 14U Bulldogs are back in action on Saturday morning against a strong Wheatland Spikes team in a morning double header on the road.