The newly-formed Alta-Aurelia baseball team is off to a good start this summer.
In the first game on Friday night, the Warriors defeated Okoboji 12-2 in six innings, as Ryan Friedrich pitched 5 1/3 innings, striking out 11 and giving up just three hits. Christian Weiland came in to finish the game and struck out one of the two batters he faced.
Schuyler Radke was 2-4 with two doubles and three RBI for the Warrriors, while winning pitcher Friedrich was also 2-4 with three RBI. Jaden Holton, Matt Sefcik and Christian Weiland each added a hit and an RBI to the cause.
A-A Coach Dan Wendel said, "I thought our team came out ready to play, scoring three runs in the first inning. We scored in every inning but the second, and finished the game early with five runs in the sixth. Our hitters were very patient and did an excellent job moving runners. I thought our younger hitters did very well adjusting to varsity pitching. Ryan Friedrich pitched an excellent game and moved the ball around very well. His velocity was as good as I've seen it, and he was throwing strikes. Weiland came on to finish the game and did a nice job. This was a great win against a quality opponent. Hopefully we can build on this win and gain confidence."
On Saturday, at the Homer Foster Tournament in Moville, the Warriors, despite getting home late from their win over Okoboji the night before, came out smoking in their first game, against West Sioux, scoring 11 times in the first inning and effectivley taking their opponent out of the game early.
Friedrich was 4-4 for the Warriors, with two doubles and two singles, Christian Weiland was 2-2 with a walk, and Neil Marshall, Ben Stevens, Sefcik and Holton each added a hit to the attack, which also featured 13 bases on balls.
Christian Weiland started on the mound and went one inning, striking out two of three batters. Ben Stevens finished the game, going three innings and striking out five. He gave up two hits.
Coach Wendel said, "West Sioux struggled throwing strikes, and our hitters did a nice job of not chasing bad pitches ... I am very happy with how we looked offensively and defensively."
In the championship game of the tourney, the Warriors faced their host, Woodbury Central, and again won big, topping WC 18-4 in five inings.
The Warrior attack was led by Dylan Suhr, who went 4-4 with two home runs and three RBI; Stevens, who went 3-3 with one home run, a double, and two RBI; Marshall, whose 2-3, 2 RBI performance also included a long ball; Friedrich, who was 2-4 with a triple and one RBI; Radke, who went 2-2 with one RBI; Weiland, whose 3-4 with five RBI included the Warriors' fifth home run of the game; Holton added a triple and Sefcik was 1-3 with two RBI.
Weiland went the distance on the hill and struck out eight, while giving up eight hits and walking six.
Coach Wendel said, "I thought Christian did an excellent job for us on the mound. He has great command and did a very nice job of moving the ball around. They have some good hitters at the top of their order who had the majority of their hits."
In an understatement, the coach added, "Our bats really came to life in this game. We had five home runs and several extra base hits. Dylan Suhr and Christian Weiland had a big games for us at the plate with eight RBI combined. We had 18 hits as a team and finished strong."
The coach finished by saying, " I really like what I am seeing from our younger players right now. I was worried about them making the jump to varsity hitting this season, but they have been a pleasant surprise. We need to stay focused and keep playing our style of baseball as we have a big week ahead of us."