AA Baseball Loses 12-5

Friday, July 3, 2020
Ryan Jensen

ALTA - For the first this season on Tuesday night, the Alta-Aurelia baseball team experienced something they hadn’t done yet. The Warriors were downed by Coon Rapids-Bayard, 12-5 for their first loss of the year.

Alta-Aurelia broke the scoreless game open with a run in the bottom of the second. However, the Crusaders scored twice in the third and twice in the fourth, A-A adding a run in the home half of the fourth frame to trail 4-2.

Another CRB run in the fifth made it 5-2 and two more in the sixth pushed the deficit to 7-2 for A-A The Crusaders scored five in the top of the seventh to put the Warriors in a 10 run hole. A-A tried to rally and scored three times before the final out.

“Obviously it’s our first loss of the season and guys were upset afterwards because we know we didn’t play our best game,” Warrior Coach Ryan Burkhart said. “A sort of death by a thousand cuts but I was proud of how we tried to scratch out some runs in the last inning and refused to give up.”

Logan McCoy went 4.1 innings on the hill and allowed four hits, six walks, five runs and struck out eight.

Ryan Jensen had two hits to help pace the offense. Logan and Preston McCoy had the two Warrior RBIs. The Alta-Aurelia batters showed patience by drawing seven walks.

“The kids were focused after the game on learning the lessons we needed to learn from a loss and making the adjustments necessary to improve,” Burkhart said. “Nobody was interested in dwelling on the loss. It’s a very positive group of kids. We are excited to play baseball again on Wednesday.”

Alta-Aurelia got back on the field the next night against Denison-Schleswig and the Warriors were unable to score in a 7-0 setback.

The Monarchs put up a run in the second, three in the third, two in the fifth and another in the sixth.

“Obviously we aren’t playing our best baseball these last two games but we are still seeing some positives each night and our guys have shown a lot of character in handling the adversity,” Burkhart said. “We still have work to do and not getting the results you want forces you to see the weaknesses and work to fix them. We view adversity as a chance to grow.”

Teagan Meyer went four innings for A-A on the hill and allowed three hits, eight walks and six runs (two earned). Levi Sleezer went three innings, allowing a hit, two walks and one unearned run.

Alta-Aurelia had 10 errors on defense.

The Warriors collected five hits with those coming from: Logan McCoy, Trey Engelmann, Preston McCoy, Tate Brechwald and Meyer.

Alta-Aurelia falls to 9-2 on the year. Tonight they host Sioux City West. Monday sees A-A head to Cherokee.

Trey Engelmann
Preston McCoy
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