The beat goes on for Iowa's second-ranked Class 2A baseball team, the Cherokee Braves, as they rolled over four recent opponents to run their sparkling season mark to 6-0.
The Braves won 11-3 at Le Mars last week, and then defeated Sheldon 6-4 here Friday night in Lakes Conference action, before dropping Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 16-6, and Sioux City East 7-5 to win a four-team Cherokee Tournament that also featured JSPC-Jefferson.
Kyle Schuett led the talented Cherokee hitters with a 3-4 night, including a double and two RBI. Mark Johnson was 3-4 with a double, Ruehle 2-3 with three RBI and a double, and Matthew Boothby 3-4 with two RBI and a double.
Tim Jones got the pitching win for Cherokee against Sheldon, giving up four earned runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out five in 6 2/3 innings. Cody Ege got the save, getting the final out in 1/3 an inning.
Johnson was 3-3 with two RBI and a triple, Cory Ege was 1-4 with three RBI and a double, Tim Jones 1-3 and one RBI, and Schuett 1-3.
Jones held the Orabs scorless into the seventh inning, before Sheldon rallied.
Cody Ege got the pitching win in the 16-6 conquest of MMC, allowing three earned runs on seven hits and two walks, with four strikeouts in five innings of work. Ege relieved starter Johnson in the second frame. Johnson gave up three runs on two hits and one walk in one inning of work.
Matt Koch was 3-3 with two RBI and a double, Tyler Jones 2-2 with two doubles and an RBI, and Michael Boothby 2-3 to pace the Braves hitting attack.
Koch got the win in the 7-5 title game victory over previously undefeated Sioux City East. Koch gave up two earned runs on two hits and one walk, with two strikeouts in two innings of work. Cory Ege pitched three innings and allowed two hits and one walk, with six Ks. Tyler Jones also pitched three innings in relief and allowed one earned run on three hits and one walk, with one K.
Cory Ege led the way at the plate with a 3-3 day, including a double and RBI. Ruehle was 2-4 with two RBI, Tyler Jones 2-4, and Michael Boothby 1-3 with three RBI.
"Michael had a big two-out double in the fifth to score three runs," said Cherokee coach Scott Koch. "It was a very big hit and the turning point of the game. Tyler also did a nice job in relief today."
The Braves host dangerous Spencer in Lakes Conference action in Cherokee Friday night, and play in the Lyon County Tournament in Rock Rapids on Saturday.