2nd-rated Cherokee beats Spencer; wins CL tourney
The busy Cherokee Braves baseball team, Iowa's second-ranked Class 2A squad with a perfect 12-0 record, won four games last week, including a defeat of Spencer 3-1 here Friday night in an entertaining Lakes Conference match featuring two of the top teams in the league.
On Saturday, the Braves won the Central Lyon Baseball Tournament in Rock Rapids, disposing of West Sioux 13-10, Central Lyon 16-9, and Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 5-3 in the championship game.
In the big win over Spencer, featuring two of the premier pitchers in Iowa, Cherokee's Cory Ege got the win over the Tigers' Will Glienke. Ege gave up one unearned run on six scattered hits and one walk, with six strikeouts in seven innings of work.
Glienke allowed three runs on five hits and one walk, and struck out five.
Mark Johnson sealed the deal for the Braves with a towering home run off Glienke in the sixth inning that "gave us a nice cushion," according to Cherokee coach Scott Koch. Cody Ege, younger brother of Cory, was 2-2 with an RBI, Johnson finished 2-3 with an RBI, and Tyler Jones had the other Cherokee hit.
Cory Ege was 12-12 in hitting going into the game and needed one more to tie the state record and two more to break it, but did not get a hit in the game.
Spencer scored its lone run on a Cherokee error when the throw from the catcher went into centerfield on a stolen base attempt with two out, allowing the Spencer runner on third base to score.
In the 13-10 win over West Sioux in Saturday's tourney, Tyler Jones got the pitching win, allowing one walk with one strikeout in one inning of work. Starter Cody Ege gave up four earned runs on 11 hits and two walks, with three Ks in five innings. The game ended after six innings due to the tournament time limit.
Tim Jones clinched the game for the Braves with a three-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the sixth. Jones finished 3-4 with four RBI. Johnson was 3-4 with an RBI, Kyle Schuett 3-3 with four RBI, Tyler Jones 3-5, Corg Ege 2-4, Michael Boothby 2-4, Kyle Ruehle had a three-run double, and Cody Ege had a run-scoring double.
Tim Jones got the pitching win over Central Lyon, allowing six earned runs on 10 hits and three walks, with five Ks.
Cory Ege swung the big bat for Cherokee, with a 3-4 effort, including two home runs and five RBI. Tyler Jones was 2-3 with an RBI, Ruehle 2-3 with a double and RBI, Scott Brown with a double and two RBI, Tim Jones 2-2, Schuett 2-4, and Johnson 2-4 with one RBI.
Johnson was masterful in getting the win over BH-RV in the title game, allowing no earned runs on four hits and two walks, with 10 strikeouts in seven innings of work.
Schuett led the way at the plate with a 1-3 effort and a run scored and two RBI, while Tim Jones was 1-1 with an RBI, Tyler Jones 1-4 with a double and run scored, Ruehle 1-2 with a run scored, and Cory Ege 1-4 with a run scored.
"We hit the ball well all day and we needed it because so did the other teams," said coach Koch. "We've got to tighten up a little on defense. Mark Johnson pitched a great game for us in the championship."