Braves shut down Lawton-Bronson

Friday, July 17, 2009
Cody Ege of Cherokee readies to fire a pitch to the plate during the Braves 4-0 Class 2A semi-final win over a good Lawton-Bronson team in Cherokee Wednesday night. The Braves play Spirit Lake here Saturday in the District finals. Photo by Sarah Gengler

Ege leads 4th-rated Cherokee to 4-0 District win

Cherokee junior pitcher Cody Ege shut down a very good Lawton-Bronson team 4-0 here Wednesday night, firing a one-hit shutout and striking out 14 batters in a superlative performance in semi-final Class 2A District Tournament baseball action.

The game started Tuesday night but was suspended by thunderstorms in the fourth inning, with the fourth-ranked Braves leading 2-0. It was completed here Wednesday night, with Ege returning to the mound just as sharp as he was on Tuesday night. He walked just one batter in his seven-inning stint, allowing a lone single to the Eagles' Dylan Lower.

Cherokee catcher Tyler Jones throws the ball back to pitcher Cody Ege during District Tournament action against Lawton-Bronson here Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Photo by Sarah Gengler

Cody Skinner took the pitching loss for the 23-6 Eagles, champions of the Western Valley Conference. Skinner gave up three earned runs on eight hits and eight walks, with five strikeouts in his seven innings of work spead over two nights.

Matt Koch led the Cherokee offense with a 3-3 game, including a double and two RBI. Kyle Schuck had a hit and two RBI, and Matt Pitts laced a triple for the winners. Tyler Jones and Ege each doubled for the Braves, and Kyle Schuett rapped a single and scored a run.

"We played a very solid game," said Cherokee coach Scott Koch. "Phillip Schulenburg made a couple nice plays at third base and Cody pitched another great game. Lawton-Bronson is a very good, young team."

Cherokee's Phillip Schulenburg makes contact with the ball as his teammates watch from the dugout during the Braves big District Tournament win over Lawton-Bronson Wednesday night in Cherokee. Photo by Sarah Gengler

The Braves, now 23-3 over all, play Lakes Conference rival Spirit Lake in Cherokee at 7 p.m. Saturday in the District final. Cherokee beat the Indians both times this season. The Indians upset Okoboji 4-3 in Milford Wednesday night in that District semi-final. That game started Tuesday and was rained out in the third inning.

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