Talk about an impressive debut.
The Aurelia softball team banged out 15 hits here Thursday, opening the 2006 season with a 16-9 win over Clay Central Everly.
CCE held a 1-0 lead after one inning, but the Bulldogs scored all they needed in the top of the second with six runs. They added four in the third, five in the fourth and one more in the fifth.
CCE came back with six runs in the bottom of the fourth and added two more in the bottom of the fifth to complete the scoring.
Christa Corderman got the mound win, going the full seven innings and tossing a six-hitter. She walked seven and struck out one.
"This was a great way to start the season," said Aurelia softball coach Jason Heeren. "We didn't really pound the ball, but we found the holes and drove in runs when runners were in scoring position."
Liz Laursen led the Aurelia hit parade, going 4 for 5 with 2 RBI, 2 stolen bases and two runs scored. Christine Alfred was 3 for 5 with a triple, three RBI and three runs-scored.
Junior Kristen Munden, Leah Kai and Corderman each went 2 for 4. Heeren said on offense, his team was opportunistic.
"If CCE made a mistake, we took an extra base," he said. "That's something we've talked about from day one.
"We were real patient at the plate and didn't go after the first pitch. Our players were really seeing the ball well," Heeren added.
He also had some thoughts on his team's defense.
"Defensively, we can't let things slip," he said. "We need lots of strikes from our pitcher and we need to know where the ball needs to go before it's hit."