The numbers are impressive. 12 runs, 15 hits, including two home runs. The Gridley Bulldog softball team put on quite an offensive display in their league opener yesterday against the visiting Orland Trojans, jumping on the visitors from the beginning en route to a 12-2 six-inning victory in both teams Butte View League opener. However, head coach Elmer Brock wasn't satisfied with all aspects of the Bulldogs game.

The numbers are impressive. 12 runs, 15 hits, including two home runs. The Gridley Bulldog softball team put on quite an offensive display in their league opener yesterday against the visiting Orland Trojans, jumping on the visitors from the beginning en route to a 12-2 six-inning victory in both teams Butte View League opener. However, head coach Elmer Brock wasn't satisfied with all aspects of the Bulldogs game.
    “It was good,” said Brock. “We hit some balls well. Two home runs over the fence, and nine different players got hits. However, we still struck out nine times, and swung at some bad pitches against a girl not throwing that well. We had some mistakes in the infield (four errors) that we have to clean up. We have to keep improving on this if we want to beat the good teams.”
    Gridley actually trailed in the first inning before coming to bat, spotting the Trojans a run before exploding for four in the first, and adding two more in the second and third innings en route to the run-shortened victory.
    Katie Olson had a big day for the Bulldogs going 3x5 with a homer and four RBI's. Olson also scored four runs. Fraine Cox also homered, going 2x4 with 2 RBI's. Megan Anthony went 3x5 and scored three times. Ashtyn Macfarlane had two hits, while Mikaela Ponciano doubled and drove in three runs for Gridley (3-6, 1-0).
    “Our goal this season is to sweep both Orland and Winters, and then see what we can do with Wheatland and Sutter.” said Brock. “We have the talent, but we have to make sure we beat the teams we are supposed to while continuing to get better throughout the season.”
    Sandra Dreesman, Dominique Nelson, and Cox handled the pitching duties for Gridley, who begin play at the Anderson Tournament held at Big League Dreams in Redding. If you have the opportunity to make the drive, and have never visited the Big League Dreams complex, it is a worth while trip for the sports fan.