2009 Substate Champions - Cherokee Braves
Ege pitches Cherokee past tough B-H/RV club
SIOUX CENTER - Cody Ege did it again.
Appearing to throw with increased velocity and action on his fastball, slider and curve ball each time out, the Cherokee junior pitcher shut down a vaunted Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley offense to lead the Braves to a thrilling 4-1 Class 2A Substate Baseball Championship victory here Tuesday night.
Cody Ege fires one to the plate Tuesday night. Photo by Paul Struck
The big win sends the 25-3 Braves back to the State Baseball Championships for the fifth consecutive season. They begin Class 2A State action at Principal Park in Des Moines Monday, a time and opponent to be announced today. Rains in the southern half of the state have prevented some 2A teams from playing their Substate games for the past two days and pairings won't be announced until the games are completed and the team seeding done late Wednesday night, weather permitting.
The 2A quarterfinal games in Des Moines are scheduled for noon, 2 p.m., 6 p.m., and 8 p.m. Monday.
Senior Matt Koch was a Brave batting and pitching leader this season. Photo by Paul Struck
Ege, who has never lost a high school game he has pitched, and who has a miniscule .15 earned run average, allowed one unearned run on four scattered hits and one walk, while striking out 13 Nighthawks, who had compiled a superb 25-3 record this season and claimed the championship of the Siouxland Conference.
Starter Nic Bakker, a crafty left-hander like Ege, took the loss for B-H/RV, allowing three runs on seven Cherokee hits and no walks, while fanning three in four innings. Marcus Heemstra relieved Bakker and the 6-9 hurler gave up one run on one hit and one walk, while striking out three in two innings of work.
Kyle Schuett led the Braves on offense with two singles, two runs scored, and two stolen bases. Ege was 2-3 with an RBI and run scored, and Matt Koch was 1-4 with an RBI. Kyle Schuck, Tony Hunt, and Phillip Schulenburg also rapped base hits for the victorious Braves.
The Boys of Summer -
The unbridled joy on the faces of the Cherokee Braves created an emotional scene for the hundreds of Braves' fans on hand at Tuesday night's 4-1 Class 2A Substate Baseball Championship over Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley. The huge win sends the 25-3 Braves to the Iowa State Baseball Championships for an incredible fifth consecutive year. As baseball tradition has it, the team swarmed the mound to embrace each other and winning pitcher Cody Ege, who shut down the explosive 25-3 Nighthawks throughout. Read the story and see more photos on Page 16 of today's Chronicle Times. Photo by Paul Struck
"I'm very proud of the kids," said Cherokee coach Scott Koch. "They have worked hard and have found a way to make it to their fifth straight State Tournament.
"Cody pitched an excellent game. We are excited to play in Des Moines next Monday."