The state Class 1A No. 4 Warriors opened up the season against Edgewood-Colesburg in a non-conference game Tuesday with a solid 7-1 victory on the road.

“Opening games are always interesting to see what you are going to get out of your guys. I was pleased with our pitchers attacking the strike zone and setting a great tempo,” said Coach Alex Smith. “Defensively we made some miscues on plays we typically make and offensively we left several guys on base early in the game. I’m confident with more game experience we will polish up both of those areas.”

The Warriors struck first in the scoring column with an RBI single by Cael Kuboushek in the top of the first. Three strong innings by starter Ethan Luzum set the tone for the Warrior pitching staff as they allowed zero earned runs in the games striking out ten batters and walking just two over the seven innings. 

Ed-Co made the game interesting in the bottom of the fifth inning cutting the score to 3-1 with the bases loaded. Jaron Todd in relief came in to strike out the one hitter he faced to get out of the jam and a four-run sixth inning for the Warriors opened the game up.

Through his three innings on the mound, Luzum allowed just one hit and struck out eight batters. Throwing in relief were Kuboushek, Todd and Carter Wenthold.

At the plate, South Winn knocked out six hits. Leading the way with two hits was Todd, while Noah Tieskoetter, Kuboushek, Wenthold and Jacob Herold each connected for one.


Rest of the week

The Warriors played at Decorah last night (Wednesday, June 17) in non-conference action and are at Clayton Ridge tonight (Thursday, June 18). The busy week will be capped off by South Winn’s first home doubleheader versus Kee High Friday, June 19, at 5:30 p.m.