SPENCER - The Alta-Aurelia boys scored in each of the first four innings of their Class 2A Substate baseball game here against Hull Western Christian Tuesday night, then added three more in the 6th inning to bring the contest to a premature end with a 10-0, 6-inning victory over the Wolfpack (15-15).
Jaden Holton pitched a complete game shutout, allowing just four hits while striking out three and issuing no bases on balls.
Holton was also a force on offense as he had three hits, stole two bases and scored a run. Freshman Ross Friedrich also collected three hits, including a double, and scored twice and drove in two runs. Alex Stephan, Austin Delp and James Curbow each had two hits for the Warriors, who had 15 hits as a team.
The win punched a ticket to the State Tournament for the second straight year for Coach Dan Wendel's Warriors, now 23-10. Ironically, their 2011 Substate win was also a 10 run, 6-inning victory over Western Christian.
In another irony, the Warriors' first round opponent at Des Moines' Principal Park this year will be second-seeded Davis County of Bloomfield. Last year the Warriors were seeded seventh, as they are this year, and they met Davis County, which was seeded second last year and this year, in a first-round game at State.
Davis County went on to win the 2A championship last year, and they have a posted an excellent 41-1 record this season.
The Alta-Aurelia - Davis County game is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. this Saturday at Principal Park in Des Moines.