EMMETSBURG - The Alta-Aurelia boys traveled to Emmetsburg on Saturday to play in the E'Hawks baseball tournament, and the Warriors of coach Dan Wendel came away with a pair of victories and the tournament championship.
In their first game, the Warriors beat Okoboji by a convincing 16-5 score.
Austin Delp pitched all five innings for the Warriors. He settled in after giving up a few hits in the first and his speed and control picked up well as the game progressed.
The Warriors' offense was outstanding in this game. pounding out 14 hits. Virtually every player got involved and got some very timely hits.
AA coach Dan Wendel said, "There seemed to be no let down after the team's big conference win over Storm Lake St. Mary's on Friday night. We did a nice job in all aspects of the game."
In their second game, against the host Emmetsburg team, A-A again got a big win, this time posting a final score of 9-2. Jaden Holton went six innings and gave up only two runs on four hits, walking three and striking out seven.
"He did a very nice job of mixing it up on Emmetsburg," said Coach Wendel, "and their hitters seemed to get more confused as the game went on. This was a breakout game for Jaden as a pitcher. He has spot pitched to this point, but he did a very nice job today when called upon to give us some extra innings. He will only get better the more he throws, and I liked everything he did in this game."
Offensively, the Warriors had 11 hits and their coach thought his players did a great job of adjusting to the different pitchers faced. Weiland had a big home run in the first to give A-A the early lead and set the tempo of the game. Jalen Henningsen and AJ Lange each drove in two runs for the Warriors.