The offensive strategies used by the Alta baseball and softball teams against their Aurelia opponents on Friday night may have been different, but both squads achieved the same desired result, as the Cyclones swept both matchups on the home fields of the Bulldogs.
While the softball team used the stolen base as their primary means of advancing runners in a 7-0 win, the baseball squad hit doubles in critical situations and took advantage of two Aurelia errors to gain a hard-fought victory, 6-4.
Alta 7, Aurelia 0
Alta swiped nine bases against the Bulldogs in the first matchup of the year between the two squads, and Maggie Lichtenberg provided the offensive spark for the Cyclones with a pair of triples in the Northwest Conference contest.
Elissa Stevens and Jess Garrison also had productive nights at the plate for Alta, as Stevens went 2-2 and stole two bases and Garrison went 1-2 and put down two sacrifice bunts.
Brooke Sliefert earned the win for the Cyclones, scattering four hits while walking three and striking out seven Bulldogs.
"It was a good win for us," Cooper said. "We limited our errors and got the hits when we needed them."
The win improved Alta's conference record to 4-3 and overall record to 5-7.
Alta 6, Aurelia 4
Four unearned runs spelled the difference in the varsity baseball contest between Alta and Aurelia, as the Cyclones scored three unearned runs in the fourth and one in the sixth to win the game, 6-4.
"This was a hard-fought ballgame," Alta head coach Jerry Braunschweig said. "I thought we had a couple of chances to open the game up but just couldn't get that timely hit. This was a nice conference win."
Jamie Hammer scored the first run of the game on a wild pitch in the second inning, and a two-out error then led to three consecutive doubles by Colin Huseman, Nate Hinkeldey and Dru Leyden that resulted in three additional unearned runs.
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