Cherokee hurler Cody Ege delivers a pitch to the plate during the fifth
inning of the Braves' Class 2A substate game Tuesday night in Sheldon
against the Orabs. Ege and the Braves dominated the matchup.
Six in a row for Washington High School
The Cherokee Braves baseball team accomplished something no other team in the state has done Tuesday night. With a dominating 10-0 victory over Lakes Conference rival Sheldon in a Class 2A Sub-state game on the Orabs' home field, the Braves became the only team in any class to advance to the State Tournament for six consecutive seasons. The Braves have been to the big show at Des Moines' Principal Park every year since the tournament was moved there from its previous sites in Marshalltown and Carroll.
Congratulations, Coach! -
Sheldon athletic director Darrell Sneiderman presents Cherokee coach
Scott Koch with the Substate championship banner following the Braves' victory
over the Orabs in Tuesday's Class 2A substate game at Sheldon.
As they did last season, the Braves rode an outstanding pitching performance by southpaw Cody Ege to earn the trip to the capital city. Last year, Ege allowed four hits, one walk and fanned 13 as the Braves defeated Boyden Hull/Rock Valley to advance to the state. On Tuesday night, the senior - who is headed for the University of Louisville in the fall to join former Braves' teammate Matt Koch - allowed just a 5th inning single, fanned 11, walked one and hit one batter. Cody's brother Curtis and Kyle Schuck had two hits apiece to lead the Braves' attack. The Braves scored one run in both the first and third innings and blew the game open in the fifth, scoring six runs after a two-out error. Single runs in the sixth and seventh innings were the frosting on the cake for Coach Scott Koch's team.
Cherokee's Zach Woods hustles down the first base line to beat the
throw of Sheldon catcher Cole Kleinwolterink on a third strike passed ball.
The Braves head for Des Moines with a much more modest season record (17-13) than they have in previous seasons, but they appear to be hot at the right time. They have been seeded sixth in the eight-team Class 2A field, and will take on third-seeded Kuemper Catholic of Carroll (25-9) in a first-round game at 6 p.m. on Monday.
Going to State!
The members of the Cherokee Braves' baseball team show off the 'State
Qualifier' banner they were presented following their 10-0 substate
game victory on Tuesday against Sheldon. The Braves will be heading to Des Moines for the sixth straight season - the only team in the state that can say that.