Baseball Braves win two more
Cody Ege fires no-hitter at Le Mars
The Cherokee Braves continued to right the ship with two successive Lakes Conference baseball victories this week, including a 10-4 win over visiting Emmetsburg Monday night, and a resounding 14-1 bombing of a good Le Mars team in Le Mars Wednesday night.
Against the E-Hawks, Cherokee rallied with a six-run third inning to break open the game after Emmetsburg took an early 3-0 lead.
Matt Pitts picked up the win on the mound for the Braves in relief of starter Gordy Gill, who allowed two earned runs on one hit and three walks in one inning of work. Pitts gave up no earned runs on five hits and two walks, with seven strikeouts in six innings of stellar relief.
Jake Jackson took the pitching loss for Emmetsburg, allowing eight runs on 12 hits and six walks in 4 1/3 innings.
Curtis Ege led the Braves at the plate with a sweet 4-4 night and an RBI, followed by Zac Woods 3-4 and a double and four RBI, Jakob Hummel 2-2 with an RBI, Cody Ege 1-1 and an RBI, Matt Pitts 1-3 and an RBI, and Jake Spindler 1-2.
"It's nice to put some runs on the board after so many one-run games," said Cherokee coach Scott Koch. "The bottom of the order is starting to hit and that's a great sign for us as we move on. I've been waiting for them to break out and it's great to see and really helps us."
Cody Ege fired his second no-hitter of the season in the 14-1 devastation of Le Mars Wednesday night, allowing no hits, no earned runs and one walk, while striking out nine in the abbreviated five-inning game called due to the 10-run mercy rule.
The Braves had the bats ready this night, with Alanzo Ruble leading the way with a 2-3 effort and three RBI, Curtis Ege 2-2 and a run scored, Spindler 2-3 and an RBI, Woods 1-2 and two RBI, Cody Ege 1-3 and two RBI, Hummel 2-4 and one RBI, and Matt Pitts 1-2 with an RBI.
Chris Eckstaine took the pitching loss for the Bulldogs, giving up seven earned runs on nine hits and five walks, and striking out none in 3 1/3 innings of work.
"Cody had a great night," said Koch of his senior ace. "We're starting to hit the ball up and down the lineup and we really need that."
The Braves play in the Ridge View Tournament in Holstein Saturday.