"We hit well and hit line drives," said Alta-Aurelia head coach Dave Turnquist. "Baserunning was very aggressive. Hitting can be infectious, and that what happened. We were getting some confidence. We had an inning that we made some errors, and St. Mary's is very good at capitalizing on them. We kept our composure and kept battling. I'm proud of the girls for that."
Alexis Hernandez led the way for the Warriors as she was 2-for-5 with a double, a homerun and five runs driven in. Katie Turnquist was 4-for-4 with two runs driven in and two scored, Jenna Snyder and Cristena Heschke were both 3-for-4 with three runs scored, and Rachel Husman and Gracie Winterhof were both 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.
Tayler Rohwer went the distance on the mound, allowing two earned runs on six hits. She walked five and struck out four.
The Warriors added another lopsided win Thursday as they downed Clay Central-Everly 17-7. Alta-Aurelia plated four runs in the first and second innings, two in the third, three in the fourth and two apiece in the fifth and sixth.
Rohwer was 4-for-5 with a double, a homer, four runs driven in and five scored. Micah Barnes was 3-for-4 with five runs driven in, Jill Buckendahl was 2-for-4 with three scored and two driven in, and Husman was 1-for-3 with two driven in. A-A notched 15 hits in the victory.
"Another good hitting night," said Turnquist. "Our patience at the plate and good mechanics is really paying off. The hard work is starting to show."
Jenna Snyder got the win as she allowed four earned on nine hits over six innings.
"Jenna got her first varsity win and pitched well," said Turnquist. "She really settled in after the third inning and had good control."
Rachel Todd took the loss for St. Mary's on Wednesday as she gave up 10 earned on 17 hits. She walked two and struck out two.
Riley Lenhart was 2-for-3 with two driven in to lead the Panther bats. Mackenzie Laven was 1-for-2 with one run scored and one driven in. Cassie Todd and Halie Larsen added an RBI apiece.
The loss drops the Panthers to 7-3. They'll take part in the Woodbury Central tournament today.
Alta-Aurelia now sits at 7-6 and takes part in the Emmetsburg Tournament today.