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District baseball: Alta-Aurelia shuts down Sioux Central, 5-0

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Alta-Aurelia's Jaden Holden held Sioux Central to two hits in a 5-0 shutout in the Class 2A District semifinal in Emmetsburg Tuesday night.
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Alta-Aurelia's Jaden Holden shut down Sioux Central in the 2A District semifinal in Emmetsburg on Tuesday night, allowing just two Rebel hits and striking out seven in a 5-0 win.

Alta-Aurelia got out to an early 3-0 lead on starter Brad Ripke in the bottom of the first. Three singles to start the game by Holden, Jalen Henningson and Neil Marshall came around to score. The Warriors would add two more runs in the third inning, one coming a ball that got behind left fielder Nick Wittmaack. The other scored on a wild pitch.

Sioux Central got two hits, both in the fifth inning, as Holden allowed just one runner to reach third base. Holden closed out the shutout by retiring the final seven Rebel batters.

Brad Ripke delivers a pitch during Tuesday's 5-0 loss to Alta-Aurelia in Emmetsburg in the Class 2A District semifinal.
(Photo by Zach Jevne)
Tim Saunders ended the no-hit bid to lead off the fifth inning with a single but was forced out at second the next hitter. Ripke punched a single up the middle to extend the inning but Holden got Wittmaack to ground out to shortstop to end the threat.

Ripke, a senior, took the loss giving up five runs (four earned) on six hits and two walks. He struck out four and only allowed one hit outside of the Warriors' scoring innings.

Other seniors for Sioux Central were Wittmaack, Mickenzie Nelson, Colin Swanson, Bobby Rushton and Matt Schiltz. Wittmaack led the Rebels in batting this year with a .430 average in 93 at-bats. Nelson led the team in RBI (26) and walks (16) while hitting .354. Ripke hit. 358, scored a team-high 41 runs and stole 34 bases.

Ripke finished the season 7-3 on the mound in 66 innings. He struck out 66 and had a 2.76 ERA. Rushton ended the year 9-1 on the hill in 65 2/3 innings. He struck out 73 with a 2.24 ERA.

The Rebels finish 20-9 and 9-1 in the Twin Lakes Conference. Alta-Aurelia (21-10) will advance to play North Union in the District final on Saturday night in Emmetsburg.

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