The 4th-ranked Cherokee Braves opened their 2010 baseball season with two wins and one loss in the first three games last week.
The Braves dropped a tense 1-0 verdict to a quality MOC-Floyd Valley team Wednesday night to kick off the season, and then responded with two decisive victories over Humboldt (8-0) in Cherokee Thursday night, and at Pocahontas Area/Pomeroy-Palmer (10-6) Friday night.
Ege also swung the hot bat for Cherokee, going 3-4 with two doubles, a single, and three RBI. Gordy Gill was 2-4 for the Braves, Kyle Schuck smacked an RBI double, Curtis Ege stroked an RBI single, and Brock Benson was 2-2 as the designated hitter.
Cherokee amassed eight runs on nine hits and four walks, with five strikeouts against Humboldt's losing pitcher Olson.
"Cody pitched a great game and the bats came around better this game," said Cherokee veteran coach Scott Koch, whose son Matt is a freshman baseball player at Louisville.
Matt Pitts took the hard-luck mound loss in the season opener against MOC-FV, allowing one run on five scattered hits, two walks, and six strikeouts in five innings or work. Schuck pitched the final two innings and walked three and struck out two.
Gill led the Cherokee offense with 2-2 and a walk, while Cody Ege, Zac Woods, and Alanzo Ruble each rapped singles.
The Braves couldn't solve Dutchman hurler A.J. Roetman, who stifled them on five hits and three walks, and nine Ks for the seven shut-out innings.
"We played pretty good defense but could not get the bats going," said coach Koch.
Those bats erupted at Pocahontas Area/Pomeroy-Palmer Friday night, with the Braves scoring 10 runs on 11 hits.
Ege led the way again with a 2-3 effort at the plate, including a solo home run. Ruble was 3-4 with two doubles and four RBI, Schuck 2-4 with an RBI, Benson 1-3 and an RBI, Matt Pitts 1-4 and a stolen base, and Gill and Woods each with a single.
Gill got the pitching win for Cherokee, allowing four earned runs on five hits and four walks, with two Ks in 3 2/3 innings. Benson pitched an impressive 3 1/3 innings and allowed no runs on one hit and one walk, with five Ks.
Andrew Morton took the mound loss for the Indians.
"We made a couple errors that cost us, but for the most part we played well," said coach Koch. "Gordy and Brock did a nice job. Alanzo had a nice night at the plate and made a couple nice plays (at third base).
The Braves play at Spencer tonight, and host Estherville-LC Friday night.