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A-A boys split games with L-B

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Alta-Aurelia third baseman Jaden Holton (left) and pitcher Christian Weiland talk things over as Weiland heads back to the mound in recent Warriors' basball action. Photo by Trent Johnson, Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune.
LAWTON - Two pretty highly-regarded high school baseball teams squared off here on Thursday in a non-conference match-up between Alta-Aurelia and host Lawton-Bronson, and in the words of Warrior coach Dan Wendel,

"it was one of those nights that you would like to forget."

Although senior A-A hurler Ryan Friedrich pitched pretty well, the Warriors committed eight errors and "seemed to give them extra outs in every inning" on the way to a surprising 11-1 loss to the 10th ranked Eagles.

Lawton-Bronson has a 19-3 record, so they are an excellent team, but the Warriors, too, are pretty good as well, as evidenced by their 17-3 mark heading into Thursday's game. Only four of the Eagles' 11 runs were of the earned variety, and Friedrich's two hits at the plate were the only base hits the Warrior offense could muster.

A team often gets a chance to avenge a loss, and the Warriors' chance came pretty quickly, as they hosted a tournament on Saturday, and guess who else was at the tourney?

Before they could get another crack at L-B, though, Alta-Aurelia had to face River Valley in their first game of the tourney, and the Warriors took that contest by a 10-0 score, behind the one-hit pitching of Austin Delp.

The Warriors started a little slow Saturday, but their bats came alive in the third, and they took control of the game. Neil Marshall, Christian Weiland, Ryan Friedrich and James Curbow collected two hits apiece for the Warriors, who totalled 11 base knocks as a team.

Unlike their Thursday night game, the Warriors played great defense as well as producing timely hitting as the game went on.

Coach Wendel said, "This was a big win after our last outing, and we were happy to get a win and get us back on track."

In the championship game, Alta-Aurelia got that second crack at the 19-3 Lawton-Bronson Eagles, and this time things went much better for the Warriors, as they came out on top, 4-3.

Wendel said, "This was a huge win for our guys. We didn't play well at all Thursday night in Lawton, but we turned it around in a big way today. We played great defense, with no errors and several big plays that kept us in the game.

The Warriors only got five hits, two by Jalen Henningsen, but they made them count. Jaden Holton pitched a great game for the Warriors, giving up only five hits and walking one.

"Jaden has really stepped up his game, and he is starting to become a real important part of our pitching rotation," said Wendel. "This was a huge mental boost to our team, and we know we can play with anyone if we play our style of baseball. We are looking forward to next week and some big conference games - but this game was a big step forward in where we want to go as a team."

Alta-Aurelia, which now boasts a season record of 19-4, takes on South O'Brien at Paullina tonight and then plays two games at Alta - against Pocahontas Area on Thursday and Laurens-Marathon on Friday.

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