Braves win all 3 tourney games aganst rated teams
CARROLL - The explosive Cherokee Braves scored 24 runs in three games to capture the title of the annual Carroll Kuemper Invitational Baseball Tournament here on June 21 and 22.
The #1 Braves (Class 2A) defeated two rated Class 3A squads on the way to the Championship, including a 6-3 win over Harlan, a 9-6 victory over Carroll in nine innings, and a 9-6 verdict over Council Bluffs St. Albert's in the title tilt.
Matt Koch got the pitching win against Harlan, allowing three earned runs on four hits and two walks, with 14 impressive strike outs in seven innings of work against the ranked Cyclones.
Cody Ege continued his torrid hitting spree with a 3-4 game, including a double and three RBI. Koch helped the cause with an RBI single, as did Kyle Ruehle. Scott Brown was 1-3 with a double for the winners.
"Harlan is a very good team. This was a good win for us," said Cherokee coach Scott Koch. "Matt did a nice job on the mound and Cody had a good game at the plate."
Ege got the pitching in against Carroll in relikef of starter Ruehle. Ege pitched three innings and gave up no runs on three hits and one walk, while striking out three. Ruehle allowed six earned runs on nine hits and three walks, with two strikeouts in five innings of work. Tyler Jones got the save, pitching the last inning and retiring the side in order.
Ege again swung the big bat for the winners, smacking a three-run double in the ninth for the win. Ruehle was 3-5 with two RBI and a double, Tyler Jones 3-6 with a double and RBI, Kyle Schuett 2-5 with an RBI, and Matt Koch and Tim Jones each 1-3.
"This was a very nice win," said coach Koch. "We got out of a bases loaded, no outs jam in the sixth."
Scott Brown picked up the pitching win in the Championship game, allowing three earned runs on nine hits and one walk, with four Ks in six innings. Tyler Jones again mopped up in the last innng for the save, giving up one hit and striking out one.
Ege was 2-3 with a double and two RBI to lead Cherokee at the plate, while Brown and Dillon Moye each stroked RBI singles, and Brown and Mark Johnson each rapped a single and scored a run.
"Scott did a great job in his first varsity pitching start," said a pleased coach Koch. "We had a good tournament against some very good teams."
Cherokee, now 19-1 this season and 10-0 in the conference, hosts dangerous Lakes Conference rival Spencer Friday night.