The busy Cherokee Braves won two of four recent baseball games, defeating Denison-Schleswig 10-8 in Denison Tuesday night, turning back Spirit Lake 8-6 Monday night, losing 8-7 to Jefferson-Scranton/Paton-Churdan in the rain-shortened Cherokee Tournament on Saturday, and falling 4-2 in eight innings to Estherville-LC in Cherokee Friday night.
Cody Ege and Brock Benson paced the Braves to the slugfest win over Denison-Schleswig, with Ege going 3-5 with two RBI, and Benson 2-4 with three RBI. Curtis Ege spanked two singles and had an RBI, while Matt Pitts was 2-3, Kyle Schuck 1-3 with a double, and Zac Woods and Alanzo Ruble each 1-3.
Gordy Gill got the pitching win for Cherokee, allowing four runs on eight hits and no walks, with one strikeout in five innings of work. Curtis Ege pitched the sixth inning and gave up four runs on two hits and one walk. Schuck pitched the final two frames for the save, allowing just one hit and no runs, and striking out four.
Cody Ege belted a three-run home run in the sixth inning to lead the Braves past Spirit Lake, while Schuck smacked a solo home run in the fourth. Jakob HUmmel was 2-4 with an RBI on a squeeze bunt, Curtis Ege 2-4 with a double, Benson 2-4, Gill 1-3 with an RBI, and Ruble 1-3.
Benson got the pitching win in relief of Gill, allowing two earned runs on three hits and four walks, with one K in six innings of work. Gill pitched the first inning and gave up four runs on four hits and three walks, before Benson was summoned.
The host Indians jumped to a 4-0 lead iin the first inning, with the Braves battling back with runs in the fourth and seventh innings, and a big six run outburst in the sixth keyed by Ege's tater.
"We had a nice come-from-behind victory," said Koch." It was much needed. Brock came in and pitched a nice game for us."
Curtis Ege was 2-3 with a home run and RBI, Ruble 1-4 with a two-run home run, Benson 2-2 with a double and RBI, and Matt Pitts 3-4 with a double to lead the Cherokee bats.
Cody Ege pitched a masterful game in the heart-breaking loss to E-LC Friday night. He allowed two earned runs on just four hits and four walks, with a whopping 14 strikeouts, all to no avail as the Midgets plated two runs in the eighth and then held Cherokee off to grab the tense 4-2 Lakes Conference win.
E-LC's Jeremy Hunt went the distance for the Midgets, limiting the Braves bats to two runs on six hits and five walks, and also striking out 14 batters.
Cody Ege stroked a two-run triple in the fifth to account for the Braves runs. Matt Pitts was 2-4 with a double, and Ruble and Gill had the only other Cherokee hits, both singles.
"We needed a clutch hit late in the game and didn't get it," said Koch. "We had a couple crucial mistakes that costs us the game."
The Braves, rated fourth in Class 2A with a 4-4 record, hosts Lakes Conference rival Storm Lake (5-3) here Friday night. The Tornadoes are ranked fourth in Class 3A after beginning the season rated #1.