Cherokee sophomore homers, pitches 3-hitter
LE MARS - The beat goes on for the Cherokee Braves baseball team, as the state's top-ranked Class 2A squad raked a good Le Mars team 7-1 in Lakes Conference action here on June 18th.
Winning Cherokee hurler Cody Ege, now 5-0 in Lakes Conference play this season, fired a three-hitter at the dangerous Bulldogs, allowing no earned runs and no walks, while striking out seven in seven innings of work.
Cherokee's Kyle Schuck scores a run for the #1 Braves in recent baseball action in Cherokee while the opposing catcher awaits the throw. Photo by Paul Struck
Le Mars pitcher Jay Penning absorbed the loss, giving up seven earned runs on 11 hits and three walks, while fanning four Braves.
Mark Johnson and Ege tagged home runs for the explosive Braves, with Johnson adding two RBI in his 1-3 performance. Cherokee's lead-off hitter Tyler Jones was 3-4 wth an RBI, Matt Koch 2-3 with two doubles and an RBI, and Scott Brown 2-4 with an RBI for the 14-1 Braves.
Take me out to the ballgame -
The Cherokee Braves, rated #1 all season long in Class 2A and the defending baseball State Champions, are drawing large crowds wherever they play this season - especially at home games where hundreds of fans from near and far flock to the Sam Doupe Complex to watch the exciting team. The 14-1 Braves, now 7-0 in Lakes Conference play, are coached by decorated veteran coaches Scott Koch and Steve Sonka. Photo by Paul Struck
"The bats stayed hot with 11 hits tonight," said Cherokee coach Scott Koch. "Cody did a nice job and he's now 5-0 in conference play."