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Cherokee tops West Lyon, 6-5 in extra innings

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Driving in two - Jakob Hummel connects for a two run single in the second inning to account for the Braves' first first two runs in Saturday's District win over West Lyon. Photo by Jeff T. Benson, Lyon County Reporter
Braves advance to substate game on Tuesday

SIOUX CENTER - The Cherokee Braves moved a step closer to a return trip to the Class 2A Iowa State Baseball Tournament when they pulled out a nine inning 6-5 win over the West Lyon Wildcats in the District finals here on Saturday.

Jakob Hummel got the Braves' scoring started with his two-run single in the second inning. Designated hitter Brock Benson drove in two runs on the night for the Braves, and a West Lyon bobble on a Curtis Ege infield hit drove across Alanzo Ruble with the game - winning run in the ninth. Ruble's teammates immediately converged upon him in celebration.

Matt Pitts started on the hill for the Braves, and he was relieved by Kyle Schuck in the third. Staff ace Cody Ege came on to start the fifth inning, and the lefty was masterful once again, allowing no runs on one hit and fanning nine Wildcats over the course of five innings.

West Lyon's starting hurler, Beau Hassebroek, also led the Wildcats at the plate. as he stroked a double and two singles, driving in two runs and scoring another. The junior pitched the first 4 1/3 innings for the Wildcats, allowing the Baraves three hits and two earned runs. Jonathan VanBeek pitched 3 2/3 inings for West Lyon and absorbed the loss.

Celebrating the win - Members of the Cherokee Braves baseball team mob teammate Alanzo Ruble after he crosses home plate with the winning run on a West Lyon error in the ninth inning of the Braves district final against West Lyon on Saturday. Cherokee ended a string of six extra inning wins this season for West Lyon, which ends their year with a 11-9 record. Photo by Jeff T. Benson, Lyon County Reporter
The Braves played Lakes Conference foe Sheldon in the Substate game on Tuesday in Sheldon. See Thursday's Chronicle Times for a game story and photos.

The winner of Tuesday's contest will advance to the State Tournament at Principal Park in Des Moines, with their opening state tourney game to be played on Monday.

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