By JEFF BENSON | Cherokee News Patriot Sports
ALTA, Iowa - Wildness and control issues on both sides made for an interesting Twin Lakes Conference baseball game on Wednesday (July 17).
When hitters stepped into the batters box, final statistical numbers make it look like the batters were live targets and had bulls-eyes pinned on them.
Guest Sioux Central pitching walked eight Alta-Aurelia batters, but hit seven - six different Warriors (Cade Rohwer 2 times, Ryan Jensen 1 time, Levi Sleezer 1 time, Preston McCoy 1 time, Tate Brechwald 1 time, and Teagan Meyer 1 time).
Over seven innings, four Alta-Aurelia pitchers combined to throw 168 pitches, walk 12, hit two batters and strike out a total of 10, in a 10-9 Warriors win.
(Alta-Aurelia (4-0) remains unbeaten on the young season. They have controled Sioux Central in the teams head-to-head meetings on the ball diamond having won five straight and 16 of the last 18 games played.
Alta-Aurelia was trailing Sioux Central 6-1 heading to the bottom half of the fourth inning. The Warriors pushed a run across to cut the deficit to 6-2. An inning later KA-CHING! cash money for the Warriors, who plated six runs for the 8-6 lead - a lead they simply refused to relinquish.
An inning later they scored their ninth and 10th runs, finishing the game with only four hits. They simply took what was given to them in way of hit batters, walks, and five Rebel errors defensively.
Trey Engelman and McCoy each reached base three times. Engelman had a double and two walks. McCoy had two walks and the one time he was hit by a pitch. McCoy, Brechwald and Jensen each scored two Warrior runs. Brechwald, Meyer and Michael Ryherd each had a pair of RBIs for Alta-Aurelia.
The Warriors also finished a perfect game on the base paths, finishing 6-of-6 in stolen bases. McCoy was 3-of-3, Brechwald 2-of-2 and Jensen 1-of-1.
Sleezer was credited with the win working two innings in relief and the pitcher of record in the sixth inning when the Warriors scored the tying and go-ahead runs.
Jake Saunders, who pitched the sixth inning in relief of Ethan Johnson for Sioux Central was charged with the mound loss. Gibson Olson and Jacob Hargens each had a pair of hits for the Rebels. Hargens added three RBIs and Olson two runs batted in.
The Warriors hope to get in two more games yet this week. On Thursday they are scheduled to play Lawton-Bronson in Lawton and Friday they'll travel to Manson-NW Webster.
|Michael Ryherd, c||4||1||1||2|
|Trey Engelman, ss||2||1||0||1|
|Cade Rohwer, 3b||3||0||1||0|
|Ryan Jensen, 1b||3||0||2||1|
|Oliver Peterson, 2b||3||0||1||0|
|Levi Sleezer, cf||3||0||10||0|
|Tate Brechwald, lf||2||1||2||2|
|Teagan Meyer, rf||2||1||0||2|
|Levi Sleezer (Win)||2||1||3||3||6||4||71|