Cherokee batter Kyle Ruehle watches a high pitch go by as the Manson NW Webster catcher reaches to grab it during baseball action in Cherokee on June 12th.The #1 Braves won 12-2, in five innings. Photo by Paul Struck
Cherokee baserunner Matt Koch dives while racing the incoming ball to third base in exciting baseball action in Cherokee June 12th. The Manson NW Webster third baseman waits for the ball while his outfield teammates watch the play. Koch, watched closely by coach Scott Koch, his father, was safe, and later scored the Braves' first run of the game. Photo by Paul Struck
Pitts pitching shuts down Manson NW Webster
The #1 Cherokee Braves baseball team withstood a two-run outburst in the first inning from a pesky Manson NW Webster squad and sailed on to win the non-conference tussle 12-2 in five innings here Thursday night.
Sophomore hurler Matt Pitts got the win for the Braves after righting the ship after that first inning and shutting down the dangerous Cougars. The visitors tallied both runs in the top of the first. Pitts gave up two runs on five hits and one walk, with three strikeouts in five innings of work.
Cherokee showed its mettle in the bottom of the first, answering back with three runs of its own, like good teams are wont to do. That rally was keyed by Cody Ege's two-run double to left field and Tim Jones' run-scoring double in thye right field gap.
Jones led the Braves on offense with a 2-3 game, including a double and home run and four RBI. Kyle Schuett was 2-3 with a triple and two RBI, Kyle Ruehle 2-2 with an RBI, and Ege 2-2 with two RBI. Philip Schulenberg was 1-3 with a double and RBI, and Matt Koch 1-1 wth two runs scored.
Cherokee's winning pitcher Matt Pitts eyes a baserunner on third while beginning his wind-up and delivery in baseball action Thursday night in Cherokee against Manson Nw Webster. Photo by Paul Struck
Cherokee added four runs in the third inning, and five more in the fourth to end it early due to the 10-run mercy rule.
Cherokee's Cody Ege races around third base toward home while keeping his eye on the incoming ball (at right) thrown by a Manson NW Webster outfielder. Ege beat the ball to the plate to score a run for the #1 Braves. Photo by Paul Struck
"Matt Pitts settled down after that first inning and really did a nice job for us," said Cherokee coach Scott Koch. "We had some good at-bats and hit the ball well. Tim Jones has been on a streak lately and that's great to see. We need his big bat in the line-up. We're playing OK but there's always room for improvement."