Sophomore Cody Ege, one of the Braves leading hitters, rapped two doubles for an RBI and run scored to pace the defending State Champions. Dillon Moye also stroked a run-scoring single for the Braves.
Sophomore pitcher Matt Pitts got the victory, allowing three earned runs on five hits and six walks in 5 2/3 innings worked. He struck out three. Tyler Jones relieved Pitts and got the save, allowing just one hit and no walks in 1 1/3 innings.
"They out-hit us, but we were aggressive on the bases which helped," said veteran Cherokee coach Scott Koch. "Matt did a nice job. He gave us a chance to win."
The Braves are now 15-1, including a perfect 10-0 in the rugged Lakes Conference.