Curtis Ege fired a two-hitter and allowed just one earned run to lead the Cherokee Braves to their third consecutive, double-digit victory, this a 13-2 shellacking of Manson NW Webster in Cherokee Thursday night.
Besides Ege's superb pitching performance, Kyle Schuck exploded all over the Cougars in a brilliant offensive show, going 4-4 with a three-run walk-off home run, a double, and seven RBI. Schuck's tater sealed the deal by giving the Braves enough runs to invoke the 10-run mercy rule and the game was called after five innings.
Other big hitters for Cherokee were Matt Pitts with a three-run triple, Cody Ege 2-2 with an RBI, Brock Benson 2-4 with two runs scored, Jakob Hummel 1-3 with an RBI, Zac Woods 1-3 with a double, and Alanzo Ruble 1-3 with an RBI.
All told, the Braves managed 13 runs on 12 hits and three errrors, while Manson NW Webster scored two runs om two hits and no errors.
"Curtis gave us a chance to win with his pitching performance," said Cherokee coach Scott Koch. "He threw strikes and kept battling. He did a good job for us. Kyle really hit the ball tonight. We need that from him."
The 7-6 Braves host Spencer tonight, travel to Sheldon Tuesday, and trek to Estherville-LC Wednesday. Both Spencer and E-LC beat Cherokee earlier in the season.