LAURENS - Alta-Aurelia took on Laurens-Marathon in Twin Lakes Conference baseball action here on Wednesday, and the Warriors came out on top by a 10-2 score, bunching nine of their runs in the 5th, 6th and 7th.
"We really struggled hitting the ball early in this game and thought we were not as prepared as we should have been coming into this game," commented Warriors coach Dan Wendel.
"Give credit to L-M's pitcher as he did a nice job of keeping us off balance for the first 3 or 4 innings. We started to hit the ball well in the 5th and 6th to open up our lead. We really need to do a better job of adjusting to different style pitchers earlier in a game. We have been playing good solid defense and our pitching has been good, but we need to get more production out of our hitters."
Jalen Henningsen led the Warriors' attack with two hits, including a double, and he drove in three runs. James Curbow also had three RBI for the Warriors.Jayson Van Haaften had three hits and scored twice, and junior catcher Alex Stephan drove in three runs.
Van Haaften also got the win on the mound, throwing four innings and giving up one earned run on three hits, while striking out five and walking five. Austin Delp also saw mound action for Alta-Aurelia. He threw three innings,giving up one run on one hit, walking three and striking out four.
Alta-Aurelia is now 17-8 on the season. They host Newell-Fonda tonight, then travel to Storm Lake St. Mary's.