The Alta-Aurelia baseball team beat West Sioux 5-2 Tuesday night in Orange City and advanced to their first state tournament since 2012.
Alex Snyder threw a complete game three-hitter striking out ten and walking just one as the senior improved to 11-0 on the season. Snyder retired the first eleven batters of the game, however he would then give up a four pitch walk to Hunter Dekkers, Chase Koopmans would follow with an RBI double and the Falcons took a 1-0 lead.
Not for long though as the Warriors plated three runs in the bottom of the 4th, TJ Walter led off with a single, Logan McCoy walked, Aric Stephan then delivered an RBI single to tie the game at one. McCoy would later score on a past ball to give the Warriors a 2-1 lead, Keaton Mork then delivered his second hit of the game, an RBI double, to score Stephan and it was 3-1 at the end of the 4th inning.
The Falcons would scratch out another run in the top of the fifth to make it 3-2, but the Warriors picked up two more runs in the bottom of that inning on an RBI single from Walter, and and RBI double by McCoy. That was more than enough for Snyder who threw 96 pitches (61 for strikes). The Warriors totaled eight hits, with Mork and Walter each getting two.
After the game Storm Lake Radio spoke with coach Ryan Burkhart and winning pitcher Alex Snyder.
The Warriors (20-4) are seeded 5th in the state tournament and will play #4 seed Van Meter Monday at 1:30pm, the game will be broadcast on 92.9FM KKIA.