MOVILLE - The Alta-Aurelia Warriors played in the Homer Foster baseball tournament here over Memorial weekend. In their first game, the Warriors
downed West Sioux 17-1 in 4 innings. Austin Delp went the distance on the mound for the Warriors, giving up two hits and one earned run, while striking out seven and walking four. Brody Lichtenberg had a big day at bat for A-A, going 4-4 with a 2 -run home run and 4 RBI (he was a double away from hitting for the cycle); Christian Weiland was 2-4 with a double and one RBI; and Chris Bengtson was 1-3 and with 2 RBI.
A-A Coach Dan Wendel said that hurler Welp kept West Sioux off balance the whole game and he thought he did a great job in his first start of the season. A-A ran the bases extremely well, stealing eight bases and taking the extra base when they had the chance.
In the championship game, Alta-Aurelia fell to tournament host Woodbury Central, 7 -2. Coach Wendel said "This was a game all of us would like to forget. We only managed two hits, and their pitcher did a good job of throwing his off-speed pitches for strikes. We lacked focus from the start, and it showed (both) defensively and in our hitting. You are not going to win many games with 2 hits and playing defense the way we did. We have good hitters, pitchers and players, so we will regroup and look to improve in the next week."
Jaden Holton went 3 1/3 innings on the mound for A-A, giving up three earned runs and striking out four. Ryan Friedrich came in in relief, and he pitched 2 2/3 innings, striking out four and giving up three earned runs.
Austin Delp was 1-2 at the plate, with one RBI, and Ryan Friedrich had a Warriors' other hit, a single.
The Warriors were looking forward to a scheduled rematch with Woodbury Central on Tuesday (May 31) at Alta.