The Alta-Aurelia and South O'Brien boys played a great game in Paullina last week, as the teams battled back and forth, with the score reading 3-3 after nine innings until Ryan Friedrich's 10th inning double scored Jalen Henningsen with the winning run for the Warriors, who improved their record to 22-4 with the 6-4 win.
A-A coach Dan Wendel said, " It was a battle from the start with many ups and downs, but our kids prevailed in the end. We had a chance to win this game in regulation and in the 9th, but South O'Brien battled back to tie it each time. This was a great test for us heading into district play, and gave us a chance to play in a game where every little thing was important. I thought we could have hit the ball better in the game but you have to give a lot of credit to their pitcher (Jimmy Callahan), who did a real nice job. This game will only make us better for district play."
Ryan Friedich pitched eight strong innings for the Warriors, allowing one earned run on five hits while fanning 14 batters and walking four. Jaden Holton came on in relief and got the win, giving up one run on two hits.
On Thursday, the Warriors hosted Pocahonta Area in Alta, and came away with a 10-0 five inning victory behind the two hit shutout pitching of Holton, who walked three and struck out eight.
The Warriors collected nine hits as a team, led by two hits apiece from Neil Marshall, Chris Bengtson and Holton. Bengtson, Friedrich and Christian Weiland each drove in a pair of runs.
The Warriors improved their season mark to 23-4 with the win.