HULL - The undefeated and second-ranked Cherokee Braves baseball team was pushed to the wall here Friday night before responding with a 7-run seventh inning and taking home a 14-7 victory over Lakes Conference rival Hull Western Christian.
Kyle Ruehle got the hard-earned pitching win for Cherokee, throwing the final four innings and giving up one run of three hits and no walks, with five strikeouts.
Tim Jones started the game and allowed three earned runs on four hits and one walk, with one strikeout in 2 1/3 innings. Mark Johnson pitched 2/3 an inning, allowing one earned run on three hits and no walks, with one K, before Ruehle came in and shut the door.
Tyler Jones had a big night at the plate for the winning Braves with a 3-5 night and three RBI. Cory Ege slammed a home run and had two RBI, and Tim Jones was 1-3 with two RBI.
Highlighted by a crucial two-run single off the bat of Cody Ege, the Braves' seventh inning was the pay-off as they scored seven runs, five of them unearned, to break out from a 7-7 tie forged by the pesky Wolfpack.
Cherokee scored 14 runs on eight hits and had three errors, while HWC tallied seven runs on 10 hits and committed seven errors.