Ruehle fires 2-hit shutout as Braves goes to 4-0
Freshly back from playing in the State Tennis Tournament, Cherokee senior pitcher Kyle Ruehle didn't miss a beat in seeing his first baseball action of the season, firing a two-hit shutout at a dangerous Le Mars club in Lakes Conference baseball action here on May 28th.
The Braves' 10-0 victory was secured when the game was stopped after five innings due to the 10-run "mercy rule."
Ruehle, the winning pitcher for Cherokee in the Class 2A State Championship game last July, also struck out six Bulldog batters and walked just one in his five inning stint.
Adam Hasselquist took the mound loss for Le Mars, as the #1 Braves tallied 10 runs on 11 hits to run their early-season record to 4-0.
Three Braves came up big on offense this night, with Cody Ege rapping a double and a triple, with two RBI; Tim Jones 3-3 with a double and two RBI; and Matt Koch 2-3 with a double and two RBI.
Cherokee scored seven runs in the third inning to break it open, added two more in the fourth, and one in the fifth to seal the deal.
"The guys are starting to be more patient at the plate and are beginning to hit the ball," said veteran Cherokee coach Scott Koch, last year's 2A and Iowa High School Coach of the Year.
"When our pitching holds up like it has, I like our chances."