The top-ranked Cherokee Braves notched two more Lakes Conference victories bookending the weekend, handling a tough Spencer club 11-7 there on June 6th, and defeating Emmetsburg 11-2 at Emmetsburg on June 9th.
The scheduled Lyon County Tournament on June 7th was canceled due to wet grounds.
Cody Ege got the pitching victory for the 10-1 Braves at Spencer, allowing five earned runs on nine hits and two walks, with five strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. Matt Koch got the save, shutting down the Tigers with no hits and two strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings.
Kyle Ruehle paced the Braves strong hitting attack with a 3-4 night and a double, while Tim Jones was 2-4 with two doubles and two RBI, Kyle Schuett 2-4 with two RBI, Koch 1-3 with a home run and RBI, and Ege 1-3 with an RBI.
Cherokee trailed 6-5 after four innings, but battled back with a run in the fifth, four in the sixth, and one more inithe seventh to ice it.
Austin Peterson took the mound loss for Spencer, with Cherokee totaling 11 hits in the game.
Ruehle sailed to get the pitching win against Emmetburg, giving up no earned runs on just two hits and one walk, while striking out nine in seven innings of work.
Taylor Morris took the mound loss for the E-Hawks, as the Braves tallied seven hits, including three home runs.
Tim Jones continued his torrid hitting spree with a 2-3 effort, a double, a home run, and five RBI. Tyler Jones was 2-4 with two RBI and a home run, and Mark Johnson was 1-3 with a home run and RBI. Ruehle and Matt Pitts also had hits for the winning Braves.
"Kyle did a nice job throwing strikes and keeping them off balance," said Cherokee coach Scott Koch. "Our power showed tonight with three home runs."
Cherokee is the defending state champ in Class 2A, and is currently rated #1 in the class this season.