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A-A boys continue winning ways

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Alta-Aurelia baseball team kept their winning streak going with three more victories over the weekend.

On Friday, the Warriors hosted Pocahontas Area/Pomeroy-Palmer and A-A scored 13 runs in the first inning en route to a 17-0 three-inning victory over the Indians.

Jalen Henningsen had a double and home run for the Warriors, driving in three runs, and A,J. Lange was 3-3 with two doubles and four RBI. Jaden Holton pitched the first two innings for A-A and he gave up no runs on two hits while striking out two. Frosh Zach Sliefert finished up with a perfect 1-2-3 inning in the third.

Alta-Aurelia Coach Dan Wendel said, "Jaden Holton and Zach Sleifert did a great job tonight of throwing strikes and letting our defense work. They both pitched a very nice game. Our bats really came to life again, and we have been playing great baseball over this past week. I really felt once our hitting got back up to speed we would be able to have many nights like this. The lack of practice time the first two weeks of the season really left us behind in the hitting department. Our timing and ability to see the baseball simply was not where it needed to be early. Once we ended up getting in baseball mode and moved on from the other spring sports our bats came to life."

The Warriors traveled to Emmetsburg on Saturday, and they played the host E-Hawks in their first game. It seemed to take A-A a couple of innings to get going after the long bus trip and early game time, but their bats came alive in the 4th and 5th innings, and they won the contest by an 11-2 score.

Marshall had four hits to lead the Warriors' 11 hit attack, and Holton went the complete seven innings on the mound, giving up two runs, neither earned, on two hits, while walking two and striking out six.

Wendel said, "We really played a good game in all areas. Our base running still needs to get a little better, but I was very happy with how we played. This was a very good win against a good team that plays tough competition on a daily basis."

In their second game of the day, against Okoboji, the Warriors got off to an 8-0 lead, but Okoboji came back to stage a seven-run uprising in the 4th inning to cut the lead to just a run. A-A was able to come back for five runs of their own in the top of the 5th, however, and they ended up winning by a score of 14-8.

Holton drove in five runs for A-A and Henningsen drove in four, and Marshall clubbed a home run.

Curbow and Delp both pitched for the Warriors ,and did a good job. Curbow got the win, as he threw 3 2/3 innings and allowed seven runs (five earned) on five hits, while walking three and striking out three. Delp went 3 1/3 innings and gave up one run on eight hits and struck out one batter.

With the extreme heat and back-to-back games, Wendel felt that the Warriors seemed to lose their focus in the 4th inning, when they gave up those seven runs, but he said he was very proud of his players and their ability to fight through some tough situations.

"This is where you build your team's character," he said, "after a long week of games and somehow find a way to win a tournament on Saturday. I am always looking for ways we can improve, and we certainly can in some areas, but overall, this team is starting to play great baseball."

The victory marked the Warriors' 10th straight win.

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