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#1 Baseball Braves now 4-0

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Matt Koch of Cherokee readies to fire a pitch to the plate during his impressive showing here Monday night in the Braves 3-0 win over Spencer to open the 2009 Lakes Conference season. Koch struck out 14 and fired a no-hitter at a good Tiger club. Photo by Paul Struck
Koch tallies 23 strikeouts, allows one hit in 12 innings

The #1 ranked Cherokee Braves baseball team racked up three more impressive wins of late to run their shiny season record to 4-0 and retain a firm grip on the State's Class 2A rating.

Monday night, Cherokee opened up defense of its 2008 Lakes Conference Championship with a thrilling 3-0 victory over tough Spencer, thanks to Matt Koch's no-hitter with a whopping 14 strikeouts.

The Braves hammered Humboldt 15-5 in six innings at Humboldt Thursday night, and Friday night in Cherokee took out a solid Pocahontas Area club 6-1 with Cody Ege striking out a dozen Indians and scattering five hits in seven innings of work.

With his teammates and the customary packed house looking closely at the action, Cherokee's Matt Pitts makes contact on this swing during the #1 Braves Lakes 3-0 Conference victory over Spencer here Monday night. Cherokee is 4-0 so far this season and hosts Emmetsburg tonight. Photo by Paul Struck
The Braves opened the 2009 season with a 13-0, five-inning shellacking of MOC-Floyd Valley in Orange City last Wednesday, with Koch firing a one-hitter and striking out nine.

The fire-balling Koch was untouchable against Spencer here Monday, walking just two batters in his no-hitter and accounting for 14 of the Tiger's 21 outs in the game with strikeouts.

Koch also led the Braves at the plate, slamming a single and double and totaling two RBI. Ege laced an RBI double in the two-run first inning, Kyle Schuck was 2-3 with a run scored, Tyler Jones 1-3 with a stolen base, and Kyle Schuett 1-3 with a double and run scored.

"Matt pitched well and the defense made some nice plays behind him," noted Cherokee coach Scott Koch.

Cherokee's Kyle Schuck ducks out of the way of a high, inside pitch as the ball sails into the catcher's mitt during the Braves 3-0 Lakes Conference win over Spencer in Cherokee Monday night. Photo by Paul Struck
Matt Pitts got the pitching win in the 15-5 lambasting at Humboldt, as the Braves scored 11 runs in the fifth inning to break it open after trailing 3-1 heading into that fateful frame.

Pitts gave up two runs on two hits and one walk, while striking out four in four innings. Jones relieved him after the Braves big fifth-inning eruption and allowed three runs on three hits and three walks, with 3 Ks.

Jones swumg the big bat for Cherokee with a 2-3 night for two RBI, including a home run. Ege was 2-4 with a triple and two RBI, Koch 2-4 with a double and one RBI, and Pitts 3-4 with a double and RBI.

Good Shot! Cherokee's Cody Ege makes contact after a smooth swing during a recent Braves' baseball victory in Cherokee, while his mother, Barb Messerole, in the background, gets an excellent and timely photograph! The #1 Braves host a four-team tournament Saturday also featuring Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn, Jefferson-Scranton/Paton-Churdan, and Sioux City East. Photo by Paul Struck
"We started slow but had the big fifth inning," said Coach Koch. "Our pitchers need to get ahead in the count more often."

Ege sailed in the win over Pocahontas Area, striking out 12 and allowing one run on five hits and three walks in seven innings.

Ege led the offense with a 2-3 night, including a two-run home run and two RBI. Koch was 3-4 with a double and RBI, PItts 2-2 with two RBI, and Schuck 1-4 with a single and run scored.

"We played better tonight," said Coach Koch. "Cody did anice job pitching. We need to be more consistent at the plate."

The Braves host Emmetsburg tonight with JV action beginning at 5:30 p.m., and travel to Lakes Conference arch-rival Storm Lake Friday night.

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