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Warriors knock off #15 Spirit Lake, 11-5

Friday, June 1, 2012

ALTA - The Alta-Aurelia girls notched an impressive win at home Tuesday night as they jumped on top of 15th-ranked Spirit Lake early and kept the runs rolling in during an 11-5 victory.

The Warriors totaled 11 base hits in the contest and added six walks during their highest run output in the early going of the season.

"We bounced back from last night's (Monday) defensive problems and committed one error," said Alta-Aurelia head coach Dave Turnquist. "Everyone is good at getting it behind them. Our bats came alive and we knocked out 11 hits. Baserunning was very aggressive, and we need to keep getting the timing down."

At the plate, junior center fielder Gracie Winterhof went 1-for-3 with three runs driven in to lead the Warriors. Tayler Rohwer was 3-for-4 with an RBI, Alexis Hernandez was 3-for-4, Micah Barnes was 2-for-4 with two runs driven in, Christina Heschke was 1-for-3 with two runs driven in, Rachel Husman walked three times and scored two runs, Katie Turnquist was 1-for-3 with two runs scored and one driven in, and pinch runners Madison Duhn and DJ Flores each crossed home three times apiece.

On the mound, Rohwer, a sophomore, went all seven innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits. She walked five and struck out five. She improves to 4-3 on the season with a 3.65 earned run average. She's walked 23 and struck out 30.

"Tayler, again, pitched well," said Turnquist. "She got into some trouble but worked through it. She is really getting strong mentally."

Rohwer leads the Alta-Aurelia bats early in the season with a .471 average. Buckendahl follows at .417 with four runs driven in, and Husman leads the team with five RBIs.

The Warriors fell 10-0 to Lawton-Bronson in six innings on Monday as they were held to just one hit by Hernandez. Rohwer took the loss as she gave up five earned runs on 10 hits. She walked two and struck out six.

"We committed eight errors and never were really focused," said Turnquist. "They had a very good pitcher, and I didn't have the girls ready for that. Both the team and I will learn from this and get refocused. Our ability to learn and get back on track has been our strength."

Eigth grader Lexi Binder got the win for Lawton-Bronson as she walked none and struck out 13.

Alta-Aurelia improves to 4-4 on the season with the win Tuesday and will host Remsen St. Mary's (4-2) Thursday and Laurens-Marathon (1-2) Friday.

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