"Neil pitched a great game," said Alta-Aurelia head coach Dan Wendel. "He only gave up three hits and was around the strike zone all night. We played good defense, and that was the difference in the game. They threw a sidearm style pitcher that did a really nice job and he was around the zone all night. We hit the ball well, but their defense did a great job and I have to give credit to their center fielder who made several great catches that he had to run down. I thought we hit several balls very hard in the game, but with the new bats and the headwind, we couldn't get them over their heads. This made the game a very different style and it forced the offenses to do the little things to get runs across."
The month of June has been downright dominant for the Warriors, who have won 11 games in 12 days after a 1-5 start to the season. The month has seen them outscore opponents by a combined 139-33, and they are batting .390 as a team over that stretch.
"Our bats have been on fire lately and this was just one of those nights that the conditions played a major factor in our ability to drive the baseball," said Wendel. "We are still playing well and we are looking forward to getting back into action tomorrow night."
Marshall carried a no-hitter into the fifth and allowed just three walks as he picked up his first win in six appearances.
The Warriors broke the game open with five runs in the third inning, and another three in the fifth.
Jayson Van Haaften led the Alta-Aurelia bats as he was 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored. Alex Stephan was 1-for-3 with two runs driven in, A.J. Lange was 1-for-3 with two runs scored and a walk, Jalen Henningsen was 1-for-4 with two stolen bases and a run scored, and James Curbow was 1-for-2 with an RBI and two stolen bases.
Henningsen leads the Warriors bats with a .429 average thus far. He has three homers, 28 runs scored, 28 driven in and 21 stolen bases. Austin Delp follows at .388 with 15 driven in, and Marshall sits at .345 with 21 driven in.
Alta-Aurelia (12-5) is at home tonight against Graettinger-Terril, before visiting South Central Calhoun Friday.