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Koch powers Braves past NW Webster

Monday, June 22, 2009

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Teammates congratulate Matt Koch (upper left) after he stroked a home run during Cherokee's Lakes Conference win over Spirit Lake last week in Cherokee. Photo by Paul Struck
Senior slugger has two home runs, seven RBI

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.

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Cherokee first baseman Cody Ege hustles towards first base to flip an underhand throw to pitcher Matt Koch (3) covering first base, while the umpire scurries into position to make the call during the #1 Braves 4-1 Lakes Conference victory over Spirit Lake in Cherokee last week. Koch has hit three home runs in the last two games for the Braves, who now boast an 11-1 record. Photo by Paul Struck
Junior lefty Gordy Gill got the pitching win for the #1 Braves, allowing three runs on five hits and one walk, with three strikeouts in four innings of work. Pitts relieved Gill and struck out one in the fifth to end the game called due to the 10-run mercy rule.

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.



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