Braves pitcher fires no-hitter, strikes out 15
Cherokee's Matt Koch watches his line drive to left field fall in for a single during the Braves 7-0 win over South O'Brien in first-round Class 2A District baseball action here Saturday night. Photo by Paul Struck
Senior pitcher Matt Koch fired a no-hitter and struck out 15 batters to lead Cherokee to a 7-0 victory over gritty South O'Brien in Class 2A District baseball action in Cherokee Saturday night.
Koch was untouchable, walking just one batter in the seven-inning shutout bid, while gleaning 15 of the Wolverines 21 outs by strikeout.
South O'Brien pitcher Ryan Brasser follows through on this delivery against Cherokee Saturday night in Class 2A District baseball action here. Photo by Paul Struck
South O'Brien lefty Ryan Brasser survived a shaky first inning to hold the Braves at bay much of the rest of the way after Cherokee tallied four runs in the first frame on three walks, a hit batter, and a timely RBI single off the bat of Jakob Hummel. Brasser gave up six runs on seven hits and 10 walks, while striking out 10 in seven innings of work.
Tyler Jones and Kyle Schuett led the 22-3 Braves with two hits each, with Jones adding one RBI. Koch had a hit and RBI, and Phillip Schulenburg also had a hit for the winners.
Cherokee added two more runs in the sixth and one in the seventh to add to the four first-inning runs for the final 7-0 margin.
Cherokee's Kyle Schuett pulls into third base during the Class 2A District opener against South O'Brien in Cherokee Saturday night won by the Braves. Photo by Paul Struck
"Matt did a nice job throwing strikes," said Cherokee coach Scott Koch. "We left 12 base runners on base and need to find a way to score more of these runners. We need to be ready for a very good Lawton-Bronson team."
Lawton-Bronson (23-5) defeated Hinton 7-2 in the game preceding the Cherokee-South O'Brien game Saturday night. The Braves and L-B Eagles squared off here Tuesday night.