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8-0 Braves win two more

Monday, June 11, 2007

Cherokee All-Stater Cory Ege handles the pick-off throw at first base in recent action. Photo by Paul Struck
2nd-ranked Cherokee hits Indians, Monarchs

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.

Cherokee's Kyle Ruehle sets up on an incoming pitch during the Braves come-from-behind win over Denison-Schleswig in Cherokee Tuesday night, boosting the second-ranked Braves' record to 8-0 this season. Photo by Paul Struck.
Kyle Ruehle got the pitching win for Cherokee against the pesky Denison-Schleswig Monarchs here Tuesday night. Ruehle relieved starter Tim Jones in the third inning to allow one earned run on three hits and no walks, while striking out four in five innings of work. Jones, victimized by a run-producing infield error, pitched two innings and gave up four runs on four hits and a walk.

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.

Tim Jones of Cherokee readies to deliver a pitch during the Braves big non-conference win over Denison-Schleswig in Cherokee Tuesday night. Photo by Paul Struck.
"We were down 6-4 going into the bottom of ther sixth and scored 11 runs," said Cherokee coach Scott Koch. "I was very happy we stayed positive and had an impressive comeback."

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.

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