Warriors lose to Hinton in bottom of the 7th
HINTON - Though the Alta-Aurelia baseball team lost their first game of year here Thursday, veteran Warriors’ coach Dan Wendel felt some good things will hopefully come out of A-A’s 4-3, 7th inning walk-off loss to the Hinton Blackhawks.
“This was a good test for our guys,playing a team that has gone to the state tournament the last three years and facing their best pitcher,” said Wendel. “ I thought we battled hard all night, but we made a couple of mistakes late that gave them a walk off win in the bottom of the 7th. (Pitcher) T.J. Walter did a great job of keeping them off balance all night and worked through a couple of bases - loaded innings. I was proud of how he competed. Logan McCoy came in relief and pitched extremely well. This was his first varsity experience, and he proved that he can come into any game and give us quality innings. Our defense is still a work in progress, and we have to clean some things up. Offensively, we couldn’t come up with a big hit when we needed to. We had several chances with runners in scoring position, but just didn’t get the hit at the right time. Overall, we learned a lot from this game and know we can compete with anybody, no matter who they throw against us.”
TJ Walter threw 5 2/3 innings for the Warriors, now 4-1, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits, striking out three and walking three. The freshman McCoy threw 1 1/3 innings and allowed one unearned run on two hits. He did not walk or strike out any batters.
Offensively, the Warriors got six hits, all singles, off Blackhawk senior hurlers Collin Jurgensmeier and Carson Covey. DH Cruz Frisbee had two base knocks for Alta-Aurelia, and Kaleb Sleezer, Keaton Mork, TJ Walter and Drew Price each had one.,