In what is developing into a strong rivalry, the Bulldogs took on the Kishwaukee Valley (KV) Storm in a Saturday double header out at the Sycamore Sports Complex. The last time the KV Storm and Bulldogs met, it was in bracket play at the WinFIELD of Dreams Tournament last July, where the teams battled in an 11 inning marathon. This season, the Storm are rebuilding a bit from their summer roster. The Bulldogs won both games, winning 14-7 in the first game and 11-5 in the second.
The Bulldog offense was potent as usual, scoring a combined 25 runs for the two games with a team batting average of .426 on 20 hits. Not only did the Bulldogs hit the ball, they also ran effectively with a .550 team on base percentage and 21 stolen bases including another delayed steal from 3rd base, this time by Elly "Squirrel" Reynolds.
Five Bulldogs had a weekend batting average over .500 with Chloe "Thunder' Tratar and Molly "Beebs" Giesen leading the team in production with combined RBI's and Runs Scored totally 6 each. Tratar with 3 RBI's and 3 Runs and Giesen with 2 RBI's and 4 Runs. Other offensive leaders included Avery "Showtime" Lundblad with 3 RBI's and a huge RBI double into the right center gap and Katie "Duck" Schroeder also with 3 RBI's.
The rookies once again had an impact with Aerin Seemann continuing her blistering play going 2 for 3 at the plate with an RBI, 4 stolen bases and 2 runs scored. Natalie "Deanmarini" Dean also made a solid contribution once again with 2 RBI's while scoring once. In other good news, another rookie, Reese Coonrod saw her first limited action, making her return after an early lower body injury.
The Bulldogs pitching staff turned in a solid performance with Chloe Tratar shouldering the majority of the load going 3 and 2/3 innings, while Avery Lundblad had a .000 ERA and Syd "Vicious" Schmitz had an outstanding .702 strike percentage. Defensively, the Bulldogs also had a better outing than in the past several games with a team fielding percentage of .886, while allowing only 4 errors over their two games.