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.
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.
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.