The Alta-Aurelia girls had a busy final weekend of the regular season, playing five games Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and the Warriors won three of their five contests against some formidable opponents, including a Class 4-A team, a Class 3-A team and a ranked Class 1-A team, with three of the five contests decided by one run.
On Thursday, A-A traveled to Lytton to face Twin Lakes Conference foe South Central Calhoun, and the Warriors scored two runs in the top of the 7th inning to pull out a 3-2 win. The game was scoreless through five innings before A-A scored in the top of the 6th and SCC came back with two of their own in the bottom of the 6th.
Gracie Winterhof had two of the Warriors' five hits, including a triple, and DH Tayler Rohwer, 8th grader Micah Barnes and Katie Turnquist drove in the three Alta-Aurelia runs.
Freshman Jenna Snyder went the entire seven innings in the pitcher's circle for A-A, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits, while fanning five and walking no one.
On Friday, Alta-Aurelia hosted the strong Newell-Fonda team, and the Warriors gave the ranked Mustangs all they could handle, as the Warriors lost by a single run, 3-2.
Sophomore Rohwer shone in the pitcher's circle for A-A, going seven innings and giving up three runs, one earned, on just four hits, while striking out three and issuing no walks.
Centerfielder Winterhof again paced the Warriors' attack with two base knocks and she also drove across one of Alta-Aurelia runs.
Alta-Aurelia made the short trip to Storm Lake on Saturday for a tournament, and their first contest was again a one-run game, although A-A had to come back from a 6-1 deficit to Westwood to make it close. The Warriors scored their fifth run in the top of the 6th to cut Westwood's lead to 6-5, but that's as close as they could get.
Rohwer again gave up only four hits in six innings of pitching, but errors in the field were the difference as A-A out hit Westwood, seven to four, but all six Rebel runs were unearned.
Rohwer had two doubles at the plate and seniors Jill Buckendahl and Rachel Husman also had two hits apiece.
In their next tournament contest, the Warriors took on Class 4-A Sioux City East, and the Warriors scored five runs in the first two innings on their way to a 9-3 verdict over the Black Raiders.
Snyder got the win for Alta-Aurelia, as she went seven innings and allowed three earned runs on six hits, walking two and striking out one.
The Warriors finished off their day - and the regular season- by beating their hosts, the Storm Lake Tornadoes, 10-5, sparked by a six-run 5th inning.
Rohwer got the victory for Alta-Aurelia, throwing seven innings and allowing five runs, three of them earned, on six hits. The sophomore walked four batters and k'ed three.
Clean-up hitter Alexis Hernandez drove in four of A-A's runs, as did sophomore first sacker Christina Heschke.
The Warriors, coached by Dave Turnquist, finished the regular season with a 14-18 record.