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Alburnett vs. South Winneshiek

July 27, 2019

Despite an early first-inning scare in the Class 1A quarterfinals Saturday at the state tournament at Principal Park, the Alburnett Pirates defeated the South Winnesheik Warriors 13-4.  

Pirates pitcher Caden Evans was roughed up at the start and gave up four runs in the first inning. RBIs by Kody Kleve and Ethan Luzum gave the Warriors early momentum.

Despite being down early and a 55-minute rain delay, the Pirates used the remainder of the game to make a statement on why they were the two-seed. 

Alburnett used a balanced hitting attack, agressive base running and dominant pitching to take control of the game. The Pirates stole 12 bases — which would help force South Winn commit six errors —  and had six different players drive in runs. 

As for the Pirates’ Evans, he shook off a rough first inning — where he gave up four runs and four hits — and pitched a complete game and only allowed two more hits for the remaining six innings. 

Alburnett will continue its quest for a first state title and advance to the semifinals. South Winn ends its season with the record of 29-10.