Alta-Aurelia would add two runs in the sixth, to one for Okoboji, as they totaled nine hits in the contest, received six walks and swiped nine bases.
Austin Delp turned in a solid outing on the mound for the Warriors, going all seven innings with only one earned run allowed on seven hits. He walked one and struck out six. Delp has been the go-to arm for the Warriors this Summer as he now sits at 4-4 with a 2.24 earned run average. He's struck out 46 in 44 innings and walked just 16.
At the plate, Jaden Holton finished 2-for-4 with two stolen bases and two runs driven in to lead Alta-Aurelia. Delp was 1-for-4 with two driven in, two steals and a run scored. Neil Marshall was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored, Jalen Henningsen was 1-for-3, walked twice and scored a run, and Ross Friedrich, Jayson Van Haaften and James Curbow all drove in a run apiece.
Zach Jones took the loss for Okoboji, giving up four earned runs on nine hits in seven innings. He walked six and struck out four.
A familiar foe awaits the Warriors (20-10) in tonight's District semifinals as they head back to Emmetsburg to meet Sioux Central (20-8) at 5PM.
The squads split their two meetings this season, both coming in a double-header on June 25th, with the Warriors picking up a 6-4 win and the Rebels a 4-3 victory. Marshall was on the mound for the Warriors in the win and Delp and Holton split duty in the loss. Holton sits at 4-3 on the year with a 2.41 ERA. The Rebels, the Twin Lakes Conference's second place finisher, received a first-round bye. Bobby Rushton has been their ace, compiling a 9-1 record with a 2.24ERA. Brad Ripke is also 7-2 with a 2.57ERA.
Awaiting in the opposite half of the bracket is North Union (NSK-AR) (25-6) and Estherville-Lincoln Central (12-18).