The Alta-Aurelia Warriors baseball team played several games last week.
On Thursday, the team lost their first game of the season, to Clay Central-Everly, 7-3, in non-conference action. Dylan Suhr pitched 3 innings for A-A and gave up four hits, two earned runs and walked four. Ben Stevens finished the game. going four innings and allowing three hits and two earned runs. Stevens struck out seven.
The Warriors had only three hits and also committed four errors, but Warriors Coach Dan Wendel felt that "our inability to hit the ball and move runners was the story of the game."
The next night, the Warriors returned to Northwest Conference action, facing Storm Lake St. Mary's, and the bats returned, as they crushed the Panthers 14-1 in five innings. Ryan Friedrich went the distance for the Warriors, throwing a no hitter and striking out five.
Schuyler Radke led the Warriors' attack with a home run and three RBI; Dylan Suhr was 3-3 with an RBI; Ben Stevens was 3-3 with three RBI; Ryan Friedrich was 2-4 with a triple; and Christian Weiland was 1-3 with two RBI as the Warriors
scored seven runs in the second and totaled 15 hits for the shortened game.
On Tuesday, the Warriors topped Odebolt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove, 5-3 , in non-conference action. Neil Marshall was 3-4 with a double, Dylan Suhr 3-4 with two RBI, winning pitcher Christian Weiland 3-4 with a double, and Chris Bengtson hit a two-run homer for A-A.
The Warriors returned to conference action on Thursday as they defeated Laurens-Marathon by a 13-3 score. Matt Sefcik was 3-3 with an RBI; Neil Marshall 2-4 with a double; Dylan Suhr 2-3 with a double and four RBI; Ryan Friedrich 2-3 with two RBI; Ben Stevens 2-3 with two doubles and two RBI.
Last weekend, the Warriors traveled to Sioux City to participate in the CNOS Classic against Bishop Heelan, which scored seven runs in the first inning and added three more in both the third and fourth innings en route to a 13-2 win over the Warriors.
The next day, Alta-Aurelia traveled to Holstein to play in the Galva-Holstein tournament and bounced back in a big way, defeating Ar-We-Va soundly, by a 21-3 score. Ben Stevens and Jaden Holton drove in four runs apiece and Ryan Friedrich and Christian Weiland each had three RBI to support the pitching of Stevens, Austin Delp and James Curbow. The Warriors were very patient at the plate, drawing an incredible 20 walks in four innings.
In the championship game, the Warriors took on the Cherokee Braves, and defeated them by an 8-1 score.
Wendel said he felt his team "played one of the better games they have played this season - the defense was very solid and (pitcher) Ryan Friedrich "looked very good and located the ball extremely well."
"We have nothing but respect for Cherokee and their coaching staff and their kids played a very good game," said Wendel. "We made the plays when we needed to, hit the ball, and moved runners well. This is the type of game we need to continue to play, and everything will take care of itself."