MANSON - Matt Koch stroked two home runs, including a grand slam, to power the top-ranked Cherokee Braves to a convincing 13-3 non-conference baseball victory over Manson NW Webster here Thursday night.
Koch led a bevy of Cherokee bats producing big offensive nights, single-handedly totaling seven RBI with that grand slam, a two-run homer, and a sacrifice fly.
Other leading sticks for the Braves were Matt Pitts 3-3 with four runs scored and one RBI, Tyler Jones 2-3 with two doubles, Kyle Schuck 2-4 with two RBI, Cody Ege 1-3 with an RBI, and Nathan Carlson, Tony Hunt, and Jakob Hummel each with a hit.
Manson NW Webster carried a snazzy 8-1 record heading into the game. With the win, the Braves now boast an 11-1 record and a 6-1 Lakes Conference mark.
"Gordy did a nice job pitching tonight," said Cherokee coach Scott Koch. "He gave us a chance to win. Our bats came alive tonight to give Gordy some support. Matt Pitts did a nice job of finishing the game on the mound for us."
The Braves have a huge and hectic week ahead of them, playing at Spencer tonight, at Sheldon in a weather make-up Tuesday, at Emmetsburg Wednesday, at home against Storm Lake Friday, and in the rugged two-day Carroll Invitational next Saturday and Sunday.