After using up several pitchers playing five games in four days, including three games over the weekend while winning the Kuemper Invitational Tournament in Carroll, Cherokee relied on crafty senior pitcher Mark Johnson to shut down the Indians. And he did just that, allowing one earned run on just two hits and three walks, while striking out three n his four innings of work in a game called early due to the 15-run mercy rule.
On offense, the Braves continued to batter opposing pitchers, ringing up a dozen hits this night. Kyle Schuck and Matt Koch parked home runs to lead Cherokee, while Tyler Jones was 3-4 with two RBI and two doubles, and Cody Ege 2-3 with three RBI and a double. Johnson helped his own cause with a two-run double, and Kyle Ruehle also stroked a double. Dillon Moye and Kyle Schuett also had RBI singles.
"Mark did a nice job pitching for us tonight," said a pleased Scott Koch. "We had used a lot of our pitchers last weekend and Mark came through for us."
The Braves, the defending Class 2A Iowa State Champions, are now 20-1 this season, and a perfect 11-0 in the rugged Lakes Conference.