LE MARS - Tanner Dowling of Le Mars smacked a grand slam home run in the third inning to lead the host Bulldogs to an 11-6 upset win over #4 Cherokee in Lakes Conference baseball action here last week.
Winning pitcher Brayton Ringsdorf of Le Mars gave up five earned runs on six hits and six walks, with 10 Ks in seven innings of work.
Matt Pitts led the Braves on offense with a 2-3 night including a double and two RBI, while Cody Ege was 2-4 with one RBI, Jakob HUmmel 1-3 with an RBI, and Phillip Schulenburg 1-4 with an RBI.
"We did not play well tonight," said Cherokee coach Scott Koch. "It has not happened very often, but our defense let us down tonight."
The Braves committed 10 errors in the game, most of them leading to Le Mars runs and forcing Matt Koch to continue pitching out of jams due to those miscues.
Cherokee, 20-3 and Lakes Conference Champions for the fourth season in a row, plays South O'Brien in Class 2A District opening action in Cherokee Saturday night at 7 p.m. Hinton plays Lawton-Bronson at 5 p.m. here Saturday night, with the two winners playing in Cherokee at 7 p.m. Tuesday.