Kyle Ruehle threw a three-hit shutout for the Braves, the defending 2A State champs, striking out five BC-IG hitters in the process while not issuing any walks. Ruehle definitely helped himself at the plate as well, as he drove in three of the Braves' runs on three hits. Kyle Schuett, Scott Brown, Tyler Jones and Mark Johnson also drove in runs for Coach Scott Koch's Braves, who had eight hits. Battle Creek-Ida Grove committed three errors while the Braves, now 25-1, played errorless ball.
Cherokee played Westwood, 14-13 extra-inning first-round winners over Hinton, in district semi-final action at Cherokee on July 8th.
The defending Class 2A champion Braves took another step in defense of their title that night with an 11-0, six-inning win over Westwood of Sloan (24-9).
The Braves' fielders had a pretty easy night of it, as starting pitcher Cody Ege struck out 12 of the 15 batters he faced, and when junior fireballer Matt Koch came on in the 6th, he fanned another three, meaning that 15 of the 18 outs came by way of the "K."
Sophomore portsider Ege, who had seven k's after three innings, left after the fifth, moving to first base as Koch came in to get the final three outs and allow the Brvaes to win by the ten-run rule in six innings.
Ege gave up just three hits and walked only one batter in his masterful effort, The sophomore also drove in two runs to help his own cause. Mark Johnson drove in three runs and Kyle Schuett and Tim Jones two runs each for the Braves, who totaled nine hits.
The Braves have won their two tournament games by a combined score of 21-0, and met Tri-Center of Neola, 2-0 winners over Logan-Magnolia , in the District 3 championship game July 12th in Mapleton.
The winner of that game advances to the Substate game against the District 4 winner July 15th at 7 p.m. in Carroll, for the right to go to the State Tournament at Principal Park in Des Moines.
Class 2A play at State will begin on Friday July 18 or Saturday July 19, depending upon the seeding of the teams.