ALTA - There were thrills a-plenty Thursday night here in what Alta-Aurelia baseball coach Dan Wendel described as a "crazy" game.
Wendel's Warriors trailed, 3-0, in the 4th inning of their non-conference contest against Lawton-Bronson, but but came back and tied the game in the 5th. The Warriors then took the lead in the 6th inning, and were one strike away from ending the game in the 7th, when LB scored the tying run on a wild pitch.
The game remained deadlocked until the top of the 10th inning, when LB scored three runs in the top of the inning. Alta-Aurelia, however, came back with four of their own in the bottom of the 10th to pull outan exciting 8-7 win.
Christian Weiland started the game for A-A and went four innings, giving up three hits and two eraned runs while striking out four. Ryan Friedrich then hurled the next five innings for the Warriors and didn't allow any earned runs while allowing three hits and striking out four. Ben Stevens got one out in the 10th, but gave up three earned runs before Jaden Holton entered the game and got the final two outs, including one on a strikeout. Holton earned the victory when his team rebounded in the bottom of the 10th.
Ryan Friedrich and Christian Weiland were both 2-3 at the plate and Weiland also drove in one run. Jaden Holton was 1-4 with one RBI, Ben Stevens was 1-4, a two-run single which tied the game; and Jalen Henningsen was 1-3, stroking the with game winning hit in the 10th.
Alta-Auelia totalled seven hits and 14 bases on balls on the night, while Lawton-Bronson had 11 hits and nine bases on balls.
Warrior coach Wendel stated, " Lawton has an excellent young baseball team and gave us a great game. We need to do a better job of not stranding runners in scoring position and moving runners. I was really impressed with our 'never -say- die' attitude in this game. Things looked pretty bad in the 10th, but we never gave up and everyone did what they needed to when it counted. We played solid defense for most of the game. I thought we grew a lot as a team tonight."
The Warrior hiked their overall mark to 16-2 with the hard-fought victory. They have road games at Pocahontas on Thursday and Laurens on Friday.