The Alta-Aurelia baseball team's bats really came alive over the weekend, spurring the Warriors to three big wins.
On Friday, the Warriors traveled to Dayton to take on Southeast Webster Grand, and it was all Warriors, as the team collected 10 hits, drew 14 walks, and stole 13 bases en route to a 21-1 win.
Neil Marshall led the way at the plate for A-A, going 2-4 with two home runs and four RBI; Christian Weiland added a home run of his own and drove in three runs; Brody Lichtenberg was 2-3 with two RBI; and Jaden Holton was 1-2 with three RBI.
Austin Delp was the winning pitcher, going three innings and giving up one earned run on three hits, while striking out four and walking four. James Curbow came in and finished the game, going one inning and allowing no hits, while striking out a pair of hitters.
A-A Coach Dan Wendel said, "This was a big road win for us and our bats started to come around with power. We have played some very tough games the first week, and it was nice to break one open and have the kids feel relaxed at the plate. This is a great group and hopefully this will jump start us into the conference season."
On Saturday, the Warriors played in a tournament at Storm Lake and they started things off nicely with a 3-2 win over the host Tornadoes.
Christian Weiland pitched six full innings for the Warriors, giving up just one run on one hit, while fanning 10 Storm Lake hitters. Jaden Holton came in and finished the game, shutting the Tornadoes down on one hit.
At the plate for A-A, Chris Bengtson was 2-3 with an RBI; A.J. Lange was 2-2, drew two walks and had an RBI; Jalen Henningsen was 1-4; and Ryan Friedrich added an RBI on a fielder's choice.
Coach Wendel thought Christian Weiland pitched an outstanding game again and is doing "all the things you need to do to be successful as a pitcher. He had great command over all of his pitches and did a great job of moving it around."
Wendel said the game was not played perfectly by either team, but "somehow we found a way to gut out a win. Alex Stephan came in to catch for the Warriors early in the game and made some very big plays down the stretch."
The win put the Warriors into the tournament championship game, where they
edged East Sac County by one run, 10-9, to take the champonship. Jaden Holton started the game for A-A, and went 2 1/3 innings, giving up three earned runs on three hits while also striking out three. A.J. Lange came in relief of Holton and went 1 1/3 innings, giving up four earned runs on five hits and striking out two. James Curbow got the win for the Warriors, closing out the last three innings and giving up two earned runs.
At the plate, Austin Delp was 2-3 with one RBI; Neil Marshall was 2-3 with a double; and Ryan Friedrich and Chris Bengtson were both 1-4 with two RBI each for the Warriors, who totaled 10 hits on the night.
Wendel said, "This was a crazy game from the start. Jaden's arm was bothering him in the third and after that it was 'pitching by committee.' I thought both teams could have played better defense as it got a little sloppy at times. This team could be really tough down the road."