Ruehle pitches gem; Jones, Johnson homer
The #1 Cherokee Braves kept the mojo and hot bats going here on June 25th with a quick and decisive 12-2 victory over Spirit Lake in Lakes Conference baseball action cut short after five innings due to the 10-run rule.
The 22-1 Braves, rated first in Class 2A much of the season after beginning the year ranked fifth and quickly moving to number two for a short time, rode the outstanding pitching performance of Kyle Ruehle, who just keeps getting better and more dependable each time out. Ruehle fired a two-hit shut-out at the Indians, while walking two and striking out six with his wide assortment of effective pitches.
Once again, the Braves bats exploded with Tim Jones and Mark Johnson - the team's number four and five hitters - blasting home runs. Jones was 2-2 in the game with a two-run homer in the fourth inning. Johnson finished 2-3 with a three-run shot in the third frame and four RBI.
Other leading hitters for Cherokee in the blow-out were Michael Boothby 2-3 with a double, Kyle Schuett 2-3, Cory Ege 2-2 with two doubles, and Tyler Jones 2-4 with two RBI.
"This was a nice win coming off a long weekend of ball," said Cherokee coach Scott Koch, whose team played five games in four days Friday through Monday.
With four quality Lakes Conference teams left to play, the Braves go to Spencer Friday night and to Emmetsburg Monday, before hosting Storm Lake here Tuesday and Hull Western Christian here Thursday to end Lakes Conference and regular season play.