HOLSTEIN - Jaden Holton pitched a great game for Alta-Aurelia Saturday in the Raptor Tournament here, throwing a no hitter against a very solid Ridge View team in a 6-0 Warrior victory.
A-A Coach Dan Wendel said that Holton seemed to keep the Ridge View hitters off balance all game long.
At the plate, Ryan Friedrich went 3-3, including two doubles, and drove in three runs; Brody Lichtenberg was 2-2, scored once and also drove a run home.
Josh Mohr was on the hill for Ridge View, and he gave up three earned runs on seven hits, while striking out seven.
"It is always tough playing the early game of any tournament," said Wendel, "and we seemed to adjust to their pitcher as the game went on. We continue to play good baseball, and we need to keep the momentum as we head into the final stretch of the regular season."
In their second game, against Ar-We-Va, the Warriors started off with a bang, looking very good at the plate and scoring 10 runs in the top of the first inning. As the game wore on, said Coach Wendel, "we seemed to fall a little flat and we lost our focus. I thought we were a little impatient in our hitting late in the game and this was a good lesson for our guys."
The Warriors wound up winning the game, 13-3, in five innings. Christian Weiland drove in four runs for Alta-Aurelia; Ryan Friedrich had three hits and drove in two runs; and Brody Lichtenberg drove in two runs with two hits.
Friedrich started the game on the hill and pitched two perfect innings, striking out five of the six batters he faced. AJ Lange and Austin Delp finished up the game, with each throwing one - plus innings.
Wendel said, "I thought we played well overall and Ryan looked very good in his two innings of work. Austin Delp came in and closed out the game and did a nice job. We need to keep picking up our play, as we have another big week of games coming up."
The Warriors play at Newell-Fonda tonight and at Lawton-Bronson on Thursday, before hosting a tournament at Alta on Saturday. Alta-Aurelia's season record now stands at 16-3.