Cherokee pitcher Cody Ege was in control throughout the Braves' 9-3 baseball victory over Hull Western Christian in Cherokee Monday night. Photo by Paul Struck
Junior hurler Cody Ege struck out 10 and allowed just one earned run on four scattered hits and four walks to lead Cherokee's third-ranked Braves to a 9-3 Lakes Conference baseball victory over Hull Western Christian here Monday night.
The win avenged the Braves' lone Lakes Conference loss after HWC beat Cherokee 5-1 in Hull on June 8.
Cherokee's Jakob Hummel follows through at the plate while smacking a 2-run double in the first inning that got the Braves off and running against Hull Western Christian here Monday night. Photo by Paul Struck
Ege also racked up a 2-run single to help the cause on offense, while Jakob Hummel cracked a 2-run double, Phillip Schulenburg laced a 1-run double, and Kyle Schuck was 2-3 with an RBI. Hummel's big blow got the Braves off and running in their 5-run first inning.
Levi Blankespoor took the mound loss for the Wolfpack, giving up four earned runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out five in six innings of work. Brad VandeGreind led HWC at the plate with two doubles and a run scored.
"This was an important game for us," noted Cherokee coach Scott Koch. "We were coming off a loss and missing two starters. Hull Western Christian has been playing very good baseball and they were a team we needed to play well against. The kids did a nice job."
Cherokee's Matt Pitts slides safely into home during Cherokee's 5-run uprising in the first inning in the Braves' 9-3 Lakes Conference win over Hull Western Christian here Monday night. The HWC catcher is Brad Vande Greind. Photo by Paul Struck [Click to enlarge]
The 18-2 Braves play at Le Mars tonight, and host Sheldon Monday night.