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Schulenburg leads Braves past D-S

Thursday, June 11, 2009

#1 Cherokee runs record to 7-1

Gritty Philip Schulenburg stroked a two-run, walk-off double in the bottom of the seventh inning to rescue the #1 Class 2A Cherokee Braves and lead them to an exciting 8-7 non-conference victory over Class 3A 7th-ranked Denison-Schleswig here Tuesday night.

Cherokee's Gordy Gill, left, and his teammates anxiously watch the Braves in recent baseball action. Seeing his first varsity start, Gill pitched the Braves into position to defeat Denison-Schleswig here Tuesday night. Photo by Paul Struck
Schulenburg, a dedicated senior and four-year player for the Braves who has patiently waited for his turn to start varsity for the storied Braves baseball program this year, also got the pitching win for a night he will surely remember.

Schulenburg pitched the final 1 2/3 innings of hitless relief with no walks, and struck out two Monarchs to get the impressive victory.

Junior hurler Gordy Gill got a rare start for the 7-1 Braves and proved his mettle with a superb outing for five innings. Gill sailed along with a 5-1 lead through five innings before the Monarchs erupted for six runs in the sixth inning to take a 7-6 lead. Gill allowed two earned runs on five hits and four walks, and struck out two. Nathan Carlson relieved him in the sixth and gave up one earned run on two hits and two walks, before Schulenburg relieved him and shut the door prior to his walk-off heroics in the bottim of the seventh.

Cherokee's Matt Koch stands ready to deliver at the plate in recent baseball action for the #1 Braves. Photo by Paul Struck
The Braves set the table for Schulenburg when Matt Koch and Cody Ege walked and then scored the winning runs on Schulenburg's timely double.

Also for Cherokee, Tyler Jones was 1-1 with two walks, hit by a pitch, and two runs scored; Ege 1-3 with a hit, walk, and run scored; and Kyle Schuck and Kyle Schuett each 1-4.

Kenny Nammany got the pitching loss for D-S, allowing two runs on one hit and two walks and one K in 1 1/3 innings.

"Gordy pitched a great game," said Cherokee coach Scott Koch. "He gave us a chance to win with five innings of very nice pitching. All three of our pitchers tonight saw their first varsity mound duty. I was very pleased. PHilip came through with a very big hit in the seventh, and did a nice job on the mound to earn the win."

The Braves host Le Mars tonight and then play in the Lyon County Tournament in Rock Valley at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday.

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