The game was knotted at one apiece after the first, and Alta-Aurelia gained a 2-1 edge after two. Three runs apiece came in for both squads in the third, before St. Mary's grabbed their first lead with a two-run fourth. The Warriors reclaimed the lead with a two-run fifth, and both squads plated one in the seventh.
"This game went back and fourth," said Alta-Aurelia head coach Dave Turnquist. "Both teams played well, and St. Mary's pushed us hard. Baserunning was extremely efficient, and we took every base we could. St. Mary's has a good defense and makes you earn every run."
The Warriors totaled 11 hits to eight by the Panthers.
Katie Turnquist led Alta-Aurelia as she finished 3-for-3 with a double and three runs driven in. Rachel Husman was 1-for-2 and drove in a pair, Alexis Hernandez drove in one and scored one, Gracie Winterhof was 2-for-4 and scored a run, and Madison Duhn scored three runs.
"Katie and Alexis had some crucial hits," said Turnquist.
Tayler Rohwer got the win for the Warriors, allowing five earned runs on seven hits in seven innings. She walked one and struck out one.
"Tayler put us in position to make plays," said Turnquist. "She really finished strong and hit her spots."
Alta-Aurelia now sits at 11-13 overall and 4-2 in conference action. They are at Harris-Lake Park tonight.
Jasmine Demers took the loss for the Panthers, giving up five earned runs on eight hits. She walked four and struck out four.
Ashley Lullman led the St. Mary's bats as she was 2-for-4 with a double and three runs driven in. Mary Rose Timko was 1-for-3 with three runs scored, Demers drove in one and scored one, and Carissa Brown and Maddie Laven drove in one apiece.
The Panthers drop to 10-11 and visit East Sac County tonight. They host Sioux Central Wednesday.