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20-3 Braves beat Sheldon, 4-1

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Cherokee wins 4th consecutive Lakes title

Cherokee pitcher Cody Ege stays focused on home plate after firing a pitch during his impressive outing Monday night that resulted in a 4-1 Cherokee win and the Braves fourth consecutive Lakes Conference Championship. Photo by Paul Struck
A three-run fifth inning propelled the Cherokee Braves to a hard-earned 4-1 victory over Sheldon in Lakes Conference baseball action here Monday night.

The win sealed the Braves fourth consecutive Lakes Conference Championship.

Winning Cherokee pitcher Cody Ege gave up one unearned run on four hits and four walks, with 10 big strikeouts in seven innings of work for the 20-3, fourth-rated Braves.

Orab pitcher Ben Van Kekerix allowed three earned runs on six hits and two walks, with five strikeouts in six innings.

Matt Koch's 2-2 performance led the Cherokee offense, which had trouble solving Van Kekerix, a crafty lefthander. Ege and Kyle Schuett had RBI singles for the winners, while Kyle Schuck had an RBI on a sacrifice fly, Tony Hunt doubled, and Tyler Jones singled to round out the Cherokee hits.

Cherokee on-deck batter Kyle Schuck watches his teammate Cody Ege at the plate during the Braves big win over Sheldon in Cherokee Monday night. The win clinched the Lakes Conference title for the 20-3 Braves. Photo by Paul Struck
Sheldon scored its lone run in the third inning after loading the bases and Taylor Zeutenhorst coaxed a walk off Ege to force in the Orabs' run.

"Cody pitched a nice game against another fine lefty," said Cherokee coach Scott Koch. "It was nice to see us bounce back after the poor showing at Le Mars (11-6 loss) last week.

"I am very proud of the kids' effort which allowed them to win the Lakes Conference title. I am happy for our seniors. They eneded their regular season career at home with a win. These kids have been very instrumental in Cherokee's recent success in baseball."

Cherokee ends regular season play at Spirit Lake tonight and plays South O'Brien at 7 p.m. Saturday night in opening Class 2A District Tournament play.

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