The Cherokee Braves split two games at the Ridge View Baseball Tournament last Saturday and then clipped a tough Spencer team in Lakes Conference action in Cherokee Monday night.
At Holstein Saturday, the Braves beat host Ridge View 9-4 as Cody Ege belted not one, not two, but three home runs in the five-inning game. Cherokee dropped the championship game against Alta-Aurelia 8-1 as Warrior ace Ryan Friedrich posted the win, allowing the Braves one run on five hits in the five inning game.
The Braves rode the pitching of Matt Pitts to a 5-2 victory over Spencer, with Cody Ege slamming a home run and three-run double to pace the offense.
Kyle Schuck got the pitching win over Ridge View, giving up two earned runs on no hits and three walks, with three strikeouts in three innings of work. Starting pitcher Brock Benson allowed two earned runs on four hits and three walks, with one K in two innings of work.
Ege amassed five RBI on his three-homer game, while Jakob Hummel was 3-3 with a double and RBI, Schuck 2-2 with a home run and double, and Matt Pitts and Curtis Ege each stroking singles.
Cody Ege was 2-2 for the Braves, and Schuck, Curtis Ege, and Pitts each stroked a hit.
Pitts shut down a good Spencer team on four hits, two walks, and two earned runs, while striking out eight batters in six innings of work. Cody Ege got the save, allowing three hits and striking out three in one inning.
Zach Carlson took the loss for the Tigers, giving up five runs on six hits and three walks, with eight Ks in 5 2/3 innings.
Ege poked a solo home run and a three-run double, Pitts singled and scored a run, Alanzo Ruble singled and scored a run, and Curtis Ege and Jake Spindler each rapped singles for the Braves.
The 9-7 Braves play at Estherville-LC tonight, host Spirit Lake Friday, and play in the Carroll Kuemper Tournament in Carroll Saturday and Sunday.