Loss to Sioux City East first of season
The #1 Class 2A Cherokee Braves baseball team won two of three recent games, lambasting Sheldon 11-1 in five innings on the road on May 29th, and defeating Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 11-0 in five innings, and losing 7-3 to Sioux City East in the Cherokee Invitational Tournament here on May 31.
The 6-1 Braves used Tim Jones' three-run home run and the pitching of Mark Johnson to take out the Orabs. Johnson pitched four innings and allowed one run on three hits and four walks, with four strikeouts. Tyler Jones pitched the fifth inning in relief and gave up one hit.
"Mark did a nice job throwing and Tyler came in and finished," said Cherokee coach Scott Koch.
In the win over MMC in the Cherokee tourney, starter Matt Pitts got the shut-out win, allowing one hit and three walks, with three strikeouts in three innings of work. Brock Benson pitched the last two frames, giving up one hit and two walks, with two Ks. Both are sophomores.
Tyler Jones led the Cherokee bats with a 2-3 effort, a double and RBI. Cody Ege and Matt Koch were each 2-2 with doubles, and Benson was 1-1 with a two-run double.
"Matt and Brock did a nice job for their first varsity pitching action of the year," said coach Koch.
Against East, the Braves battled the 6-1 4A power to a 3-3 deadlock before the visiting Black Raiders tallied four runs in the seventh inning and Cherokee could not answer.
Tyler Jones took the mound loss for the Braves, allowing four runs on three hits and one walk, with one K in one inning of work. He relieved starter Matt Koch, who lasted six innings and gave up three runs on four hits and four walks, with 10 strikeouts.
Johnson led the Cherokee bats with a 2-3 game and three RBI, while Koch was 1-3 with a double, Ruehle 1-2, Ege 1-2, and Pitts 1-3.
"We played a pretty good game," said coach Koch. "Matt had a little control problem in the fourth that East capitalized on. Our defense has been good this year, we just need more consistent bats."