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 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.