FONDA - Coming off a big Monday night win over Storm Lake St. Mary's, the Alta-Aurelia boys seemd to lack focus early in their Northwest Conference match-up with Newell-Fonda here on Tuesday before their bats came alive in the 6th inning for an 11-run outburst, leading to a 17-3 win over the Mustangs.
Despite the final score, Alta-Aurelia coach Dan Wendel said the game was much closer, and he was really impressed with Newell-Fonda and the strides they have made since the first time the two teams met.
"They battled hard," said the A-A skipper, "but our guys found a way to get the ball rolling late and we came away with a big win. I am extremely proud of our team for fulfilling one of our goals coming into the season, which was to win the Northwest Conference title. We have a busy week ahead, and we have to continue playing great baseball, as districts are right around the corner."
James Curbow got the win on the mound for the Warriors, going 4 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out three. Austin Delp came on in relief and hurled the final inning and a-third, allowing no runs on two hits and fanning two Mustang hitters.
Eight Warrior batters collected 14 hits, including five two-baggers. Seniors Christian Weiland and Ryan Friedrich each had three hits, and sparkplug leadoff hitter Neil Marshall stole three bases and scored four times for A-A. Weiland drove in four runs for the Warriors, who swiped 11 bases as a team, and improved their season record to 21-4, 9-0 in the conference.