The second-ranked (Class 2A) Cherokee Braves baseball team unleashed the bats and ran its perfect record to 8-0 with two recent victories over quality foes, including a 15-6 come-from-behind win over Denison-Schleswig in Cherokee Tuesday night.
On Monday, the Braves erupted for 20 runs in the first two innings on the way to an incredible 32-1 romp at Spirit Lake.
The Braves bats continued to hum against the Monarchs, although they took a couple innings to explode. All-stater Cory Ege led the barrage with a 4-4 night, three RBI, and a double. The exceptional baseball talent is 12-12 in the last three games.
Ege's younger brother Cody lit the Braves fire this night with a two-run home run in the fourth inning that charged the Cherokee batteries and overcame a 4-1 D-S lead. Cody finished 2-3 with four RBI, a homer and double. Tyler Jones was 3-5 with an RBI and triple, and Matt Koch was 2-3 with a run scored.
In the shelling in Spirit Lake Monday night, Cherokee pounded out 21 hits in the 32-1 win, with every Brave on the bench seeing considerable action in the five-inning game.
Cory Ege was 5-5 for the night with a triple and home run, while Mark Johnson was 3-3 with a double, and Matthew Boothby 3-5.
Starter Ruehle also got that pitching win, allowing one run on one hit and one walk, with three Ks in two innings of work. He was relieved by freshman Matt Pitts after the Braves notched those 20 runs in the first two frames. Pitts gave up no hits, one walk, and struck out four in three innings of work.
"Not much to say about that one," said coach Koch. "We played everybody. They just couldn't get us out."
The Braves host dangerous Spencer here Friday night, the Tigers and Braves rated among the teams to beat in the Lakes Conference in 2007.