DES MOINES -- The Alta-Aurelia Warriors succumbed to 100 degree temps and University of Iowa recruit Calvin Mathews in an 8-0 quarterfinal loss to Davis County of Bloomfield at the Class 2A State Baseball quarterfinals Saturday at Principal Park.
Davis County (31-4), the number 2 seed in the tourney, advances to Thursday's semifinal round at 2 p.m. against Council Bluffs St. Albert.
Mathews (11-1), a junior who has committed to play at Iowa, scattered four hits, struck out 12 batters and did not yield a walk Saturday,and he also got things off to a good start for the Mustangs in the bottom of the first inning when he crushed a 2-ball 1-strike pitch for a monster home run.
Two of the Warriors' four hits were collected by junior left fielder Jalen Henningsen, including a two-out triple to left-center field in the third inning.
and was the next man to return to 90 feet from a run in the sixth. He tried to score from third in the sixth after Davis County catcher Kyle Graves threw to Caleb Rook at first on a strike out to get Jaden Holton for the second out. Rook fired back to Graves, who blocked the plate to get Henningsen and preserve the shutout.
Ryan Friedrich had a double for Alta-Aurelia and James Curbow's single was the only other Alta-Aurelia base hit.
Alta-Aurelia starting pitcher Christian Weiland fanned 10 Mustang hitters and walked five. as he allowed four earned runs on five hits in his 5 2/3 innings. He also hit one batter and threw one wild pitch.
Davis County blew the game open with five runs in the bottom of the sixth, and Weiland was replaced by Ryan Friedrich after the Mustangs' Josh Martsching tripled to right-center field with two out in the sixth.
Alta-Aurelia, the Northwest Conference champion, closed its season with a 30-5 record, and Weiland finished with a 10-2 record on the hill in his senior season.