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#1 Braves split Lakes road games

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Cherokee suffers season's first loss at HWC

Cherokee's Tyler Jones dives safely back to first base as the defender attempts to tag him during a recent Lakes Confeence baseball game in Cherokee. Photo by Paul Struck
The Cherokee Braves, Iowa's top-ranked Class 2A baseball team, split two recent Lakes Conference road games, bombing Storm Lake 16-1 in six innings Friday night in Storm Lake, and then losing a 5-1 verdict at Hull Western Christian Monday night for their first loss of the season.

Now 6-1, the Braves host Estherville-LC tonight for another Lakes Conference tussle.

In the big win over Storm Lake, winning pitcher Cody Ege dominated the Tornadoes, allowing one unearned run on four hits and two walks, while striking out five in six innings of work.

Bobby Brown got the mound loss for Storm Lake, giving up 10 runs (four earned) on nine hits and two walks, while striking out six Braves in four innings of work.

Cherokee batter Kyle Schuett watches an inside pitch go by as his teammates stay focused on the action from the dugout in recent Lakes Conference baseball in Cherokee. Photo by Paul Struck
Philip Schulenberg led Cherokee's offensive explosion with a 3-4 night, including a double and four RBI. Kyle Schuett was 3-5 with a double and three RBI, Tyler Kones 2-5 with two RBI, Matt Koch 22-4 with a double and three RBI, and Kyle Schuck 2-3 with a run scored.

"It was nice to see the bats come alive for us," said Cherokee coach Scott Koch. "Cody did a very nice job on the mound tonight."

After Cherokee scored a run in the first inning, the Hull Western Christian pitchers shut down the Braves from that point on to record the "upset" win Monday in Hull.

Matt Pitts took the loss for the Braves, allowing two earned runs on six hits and three walks, with six strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings. Tyler Jones relieved Pitts and gave up one run on five hits and no walks, with four Ks in 2 1/3 innings.

Wolfpack pitcher Brad VandeGriend got the win, allowing one unearned run on four hits and two walks, with three Ks in 5 1/3 inninigs. Levi Blankespoor relieved him and struck out three Braves in 1 2/3 innings.

Ege led the Braves meager offense with a 2-2 night, including a double and one RBI. Schuett and Pitts also stroked singles for Cherokee.

Josh Pollema led HWC with a 4-4 outing, including a double, and Jesse VanderZwaag had three hits and two RBI for the 4-3 Wolfpack.

"We did not play very well," noted coach Koch. "We need to be more consistent hitters and become hard outs."

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