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Ruehle pitches Braves by Le Mars

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Kyle Ruehle was all business for the Cherokee Braves here on June 20, pitching the top-ranked Cherokee club to a 6-0 win with a one-hit shutout. Photo by Roy Tucker.
Ege, Johnson rap homers to lead Cherokee offense

Kyle Ruehle dialed up a masterpiece for the #1 Cherokee Braves in a Lakes Conference tussle with a quality Le Mars team here Wednesday night, firing a one-hit shutout to lead the Braves to a 6-0 victory.

The 18-0 Cherokee club - with more fans and admirers jumping on their band wagon each time out - are now 10-0 in the tough Lakes Conference ,and continue to distance themselves from the other leading contenders, Estherville-LC and Spencer.

Ruehle was in command throughout the Le Mars game, pitching to just 22 batters, one over the minimum. He gave up one hit, and that base runner was then snuffed on a steal on a superb throw to second by Cherokee catcher Tyler Jones, after Ruehle struck out the Bulldog batter. Ruehle walked just one batter and struck out six in his seven innings of work.

Cherokee's Mark Johnson, left, and Cory Ege are shown back-to-back in their back-to-back home run trots after pulling off the feat in the Braves' 6-0 baseball win over Le Mars in Cherokee on June 20. The win kept the top-ranked Class 2A Braves undefeated at 18-0. Photo by Roy Tucker.
Cherokee tallied all the runs it would need in the third inning on back-to-back home runs by Cory Ege and Mark Johnson. Ege's two-run blast to right center gave the Braves a 2-0 lead, and Johnson immediately followed with a tater to left center for a 3-0 lead.

Cherokee tacked on three more runs in the fourth with two out when Cody Ege had a bunt single, Michael Boothby arrived on an error, Tyler Jones rapped a one-run single, and Matt Koch stroked a two-run double to left center for the final 6-0 margin.

Ryan Baue took the pitching loss for Le Mars, allowing six runs on seven hits and one walks, with three hit batters and three strikeouts.

Jones was the lone multiple hitter for the Braves with a 2-4 night and an RBI.

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