The win ends the Braves regular season and gives Cherokee its fourth consecutive Lakes Conference Championship with a 14-2 record. The Braves are rated fourth in Class 2A and take a sparkling 21-3 mark into the Districts, which begin in Cherokee Saturday night against South O'Brien at 7 p.m. The 5 p.m. game here Saturday features Hinton and Lawton-Bronson. The two winners Saturday meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Cherokee.
Tyler Jones was on fire for the Braves at tne plate, smacking a grand slam home run in the pivotal sixth inning nd finishing 4-5 with four RBI. Matt Koch was 2-4 with a home run and double and four RBI, Kyle Schuett 3-5 with two RBI, Nathan Carlson 2-2 with an RBI, Phillip Schulenburg with a double and RBI, Matt Pitts 2-5 with an RBI, Cody Ege with a double and RBI, Jakob HUmmel 2-3, and Kyle Schuck and Keaton Tuttle with one hit apiece.
"QWe had a slow start, but the bats came to life later in the game," said Cherokee coach Scott Koch. "It was good to see the guys hit the ball hard to all parts of the park."
Taylor Astin took the mound loss for the host Indians, allowing seven runs, with one walk and one K is three innings.
In Class 2A District Tournament action, the Braves play South O'Brien at 7 p.m. Saturday in Cherokee, preceded by the Hinton versus Lawton-Bronson game at 5 p.m.