Another Postseason Shutout Lifts Alta Aurelia Into District Final

The Alta Aurelia baseball team defeated Exira Elk Horn Kimballton 6-0 tonight (Wed) in a 1A district semifinal in Alta.

Exira EHK threatened in 2nd inning getting runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out, but Cale Brechwald struck out the next two hitters. The Warriors broke through in the 3rd inning on an RBI single by Peyton Meyer to make it 1-0.

The Spartans got runners on 2nd and 3rd again in the 4th with one out, but Brechwald got a strikeout, which was followed by a hit-by-pitch, but then another strikeout to keep the lead intact. In the bottom of the 4th, a throwing error on a bunt by Evan Peterson allowed Sam Sennert to score from 2nd base to make it a 2-0 game. An RBI double by Gavin Sleezer in the 5th made it 3-0, and a three-run Warriors 6th was highlighted by a two-RBI single by Carson Reinert.

Brechwald earned the win by throwing 4 1/3 innings, allowed four hits, and struck out eight. Reinert pitched the rest of the way and retired all eight batters he faced, including three strikeouts.

Postgame comments from Warriors coach Ryan Burkhart can be heard below…

Alta Aurelia’s 2nd straight district shutout victory puts them at 22-7. The Warriors will play Saturday night at 7pm in a district final at #3 Remsen St. Mary’s, which will be broadcast along the Storm Lake Radio stations. The Hawks won their district semifinal 12-1 in five innings over IKM-Manning.