Tim Jones home run keys early uprising
Any doubters about the formidable hitting prowress of the #1 Cherokee Braves baseball team were quiet as church mice here Thursday night as the Braves demolished Lakes Conference arch-rival Storm Lake 16-0 in three innings.
The game was a continuation of a weather-postponed contest that began in Cherokee June 11. In the bottom of the first inning of that game, tornado warnings forced the teams and dozens of Storm Lake and Cherokee fans into the Cherokee Middle School to ride out the dangerous storms.
Thursday night, the Braves started the continuation game with one out in the bottom of the first frame and Matt Koch at bat with a 1-1 count. When that inning was done, Cherokee had mounted a quick 4-0 lead following a Koch single, an RBI double by Cody Ege, an RBI single by Kyle Ruehle, and a booming two-run home run off the bat of Tim Jones.
Among the many big boppers for the Braves this night were Tim Jones 2-3 with a homer and three RBI, Ege 2-3 with two doubles and three RBI, Koch 2-2 with a double and two RBI, Kyle Ruehle 1-2 with three RBI, Kyle Schuett 2-3 with an RBI, and Scott Brown 2-3 with an RBI.
Koch was paralyzing for the Braves on the mound, limiting the talented Tornadoes, a week ago rated sixth in Class 3A, to two hits and one walk, with six strikeouts in three innings of work. Both hits were gleaned by superb Storm Lake freshman Michael McCabe.
The Braves, defending Class 2A State Champions, host Emmetsburg tonight, travel to Storm Lake Tuesday night, and trek to Hull Western Christian Wednesday night to end the regular season.
Cherokee is now 21-1 this season and 12-0 in the Lakes Conference.