ALTA - The Alta-Aurelia Warriors won their own baseball tournament here on Saturday, as they beat Lawton-Bronson, 8-2, in their first game and defeated Ridge View, 11-1 in the championship game.
In the Warriors' first game, Schuyler Radke was 2-3 with 3 RBI for the Warriors, including a big 3 - run HR in the second inning; Ben Stevens was 1-3 with a 2 - run HR in the fourth; Ryan Friedrich also had 2 RBI and Dylan Suhr and Chris Bengtson were both 2-2.
Ben Stevens pitched four innings for the Warriors and gave up two earned runs on two hits, striking out six and issuing seven walks. Christian Weiland pitched the last inning, allowing no hits and and striking out two.
Alta-Aurelia coach Dan Wendel said he was happy with his team's approach to the Lawton-Bronson game, as they had just played the Eagles two days before, and he said that the Warriors came prepared and executed much better in the tournament game. Wendel also stated, "Ben (Stevens) pitched another very good game for us. He keeps on giving us quality starts every time he gets the ball. We ended up with 10 hits, and we really improved our patience at the plate. This was a great win for us, as Lawton-Bronson is a quality baseball team and they play hard every time they take the field."
Ridge View played conference rival River Valley in their first contest, and they beat the Wolverines by a 10-5 score, as they jumped off to a 6-1 lead after two inings.Ridge View's Josh Mohr "had a great game," in the words of his coach, Shannon Tesch. Mohr pitched all five innings for the victory and at the plate he doubled, tripled and homered, driving in four runs. Seth Johnson was also 3-3, scored three runs, drove in two, and stole four bases. Austin Graff pilfered three bases, and was 2-2 at the plate for the Raptors and Dru Kenny was 2-3, with one stolen base. Graff and Kenny each drove in one run. Blane Cullen had a double and Skylar Shever and Parker Goettsch also had hits for River Valley.
In the championship game, Schuyler Radke was 2-3 with 2 RBI for Alta-Aurelia, while Ryan Friedrich was also 2-2 - both triples- and had one RBI. Chris Bengtson had a 3 - run homer in the 2nd, and Christian Weiland drove in two runs, while Ben Stevens knocked in another tally.
Weiland pitched the first three innings, giving up one earned run on four hits while walking two and striking out three, and Jaden Holton pitched the 4th inning, giving up no hits and striking out one. Dru Kenny,Tyler Kenny,Travis Hoeppner and Greg Davis each had one hit for the Raptors.
Raptors' coach Shannon Tesch said, "A couple of errors hurt us in this game. When you make errors against a team like Alta-Aurelia, they make you pay.
The Ridge View Raptors are now 9-11 on the season and 7-6 in the Western Valley Conference.
Warriors' coach Wendel stated, "This was a tough game for both teams, as we played in extreme heat. We came out and hit the ball well and took over the game early. Ridge View has a nice young team, but we were able to hit the ball early and jump out to a lead. Christian pitched a very nice ball game and Jaden Holton continues to pitch well when he gets his chance.Chris Bengtson is starting to hit the ball well and hit a big HR for us early in the game. We need to continue to play with passion as we have some big games again next week."
Alta- Aurelia improved their season mark to 18-2 with the tournament wins.