What looked like a sure rout in the first inning, when the #1 Cherokee Braves erupted for three runs on two long home runs, turned out to be a battle for the Braves, as a pesky Spirit Lake team stayed tough before falling, 4-1, to the top-ranked Cherokee boys in Lakes Conference baseball action here Wednesday night.
However, Minor, a gritty athlete who is one of the state's top prep wrestlers, settled down to allow Cherokee just one more run in the final five innings. Minor gave up four runs on nine hits and one walk, with six strikeouts in six innings of work.
For the 10-1 Braves (6-1 in Lakes Conference), Matt Koch was as dominant as ever, striking out 10 Indians and allowing one run on three scsttered hits and no walks in six innings. Cody Ege pitched the seventh inning for the Braves and struck out two to get the save.
Schuett had a superb outing at the plate with a 3-3 night, including a home run, double, two RBI, and two runs scored. Koch was 2-3 with a homer, RBI, and run scored, and Tyler Jones was 1-3 with a double and run scored. Tony Hunt was 2-2 for the Braves, and Ege 1-3.
The Braves have a huge and hectic week ahead of them, playing at Spencer Monday, at Sheldon in a weather make-up Tuesday, at Emmetsburg Wednesday, at home against Storm Lake Friday, and in the two-day Carroll Invitational next Saturday and Sunday.