Cherokee wins big, 17-1 ... Ruehle shuts down E-Hawks as Cherokee bats erupt
The state's second-ranked Class 2A baseball team - the Cherokee Braves - roughed up a very good Emmetsburg club in Cherokee Monday night to the tune of 17-1 in a five-inning donnybrook that was abbreviated because of the 10-run mercy rule.
The Lakes Conference game was supposed to have been a tight one, with the 8-1 E-Hawks coming to town and ace Kyle Dupic on the mound. They're now 8-2 as Dupic took the worst pounding of his Lakes Conference career in the process.
The Braves' bats exploded with 17 hits producing 17 runs as Dupic went the distance for Emmetsburg.
Cherokee's Kyle Ruehle, a quality chucker in his own right, shut down the talented E-Hawks, allowing one earned run on five scattered hits and one walk in five innings of work. He struck out five batters.
Again, Tim Jones paced the explosive Braves bats with a 3-4 night, including a three-run home run, a double and five RBI. Several other Braves also were hot at the plate, with Cory Ege going 3-4 with three RBI and a double, Mark Johnson 3-4 with four RBI and a double, Cody Ege 2-2, Tyler Jones 2-2 and a double, Matt Koch 2-2, and Ruehle helping his cause with a 2-4 night.
"Our bats are really coming around and against some quality pitchers," said Cherokee coach Scott Koch, back at the Braves helm after a retiring for a few years.
"Mark Johnson, Tim Jones, and Cory Ege are just hitting the cover off the ball. Everyone is staying patient and being pretty choosy at the plate. This lets them get deep into the count and allows them to hit their pitch. It's great to see. Our whole lineup is producing and contributing."
The 13-0 Braves (5-0 in Lakes) play at Manson NW Webster tonight, and at Hull Western Christian Friday night. Monday night they host dangerous Estherville-LC and a talented Le Mars team comes to town Wednesday night.