The Cherokee Braves began the 2010 post season with a workman-like 7-2 victory over Sioux Central in Class 2A District 1 baseball action in Cherokee Saturday night.
Mike Ripke got the pitching loss for the Rebels, allowing no earned runs on two hits and four walks in two innings of work. His brother Brad Ripke relieved and pitched four innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits.
The Braves tallied five runs in the second frame with two out, thanks to four walks and two Rebel fielding errors in the inning.
Alanzo Ruble led Cherokee's offense with a timely single than scored two runs, and also scored twice himself. Cody Ege was 1-2 with a double, RBI, and run scored. Schuck had an RBI double, and Brock Benson was 1-2 with the game's first run scored.
Mike Ripke was 22-4 with a run scored to lead the Rebels, while Cody Archer ws 3-4, Jace Hyde 2-4 with a run scored, and Cesar Menchaca 2-4.
"Leaving 11 on base with bases loaded in the fourth and fifth innings hurt the Rebels as they outhit Cherokee 9-6," noted Sioux Central coach Jeff Scharn.
"We just couldn't get the key hit to drive in the runs. Cherokee scored five unearned runs in the second inning with nobody on and two outs, with two Rebel errors and four walks in that inning."