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Busy baseball Braves struggling

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Cherokee pitcher Adam Pitts fires the ball to the plate during the Braves' game against Spirit Lake here Monday night. Photo by Paul Struck
The busy Cherokee Braves posted a 1-3 record in recent baseball action, losing 10-5 at Estherville-LC Friday night, splitting two games at the rugged Cherokee Baseball Invitational Saturday, and then dropping a decisive 16-1 verdict to visiting Spirit Lake here Monday night.

On Friday night, Cherokee lost 10-5 at Estherville-LC, and n Saturday's tournament in Cherokee, the Braves lost 6-3 to Jefferson-Scranton, and then defeated Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 9-2.

In the loss at E-LC, the Braves did not get a hit against two Midget pitchers. Starter Marcus Christensen pitched four innings for E-LC and gave up five runs on seven walks and seven wild pitches, while striking out seven. Tyler Lutz relieved and allowed no runs, with one K in three innings of work.

Adam Pitts got the mound loss for Cherokee, allowing five runs and four walks, with four Ks in two innings of work. Curtis Ege started on the mound for the Braves and gave up five runs and six walks, with five strikeouts in three innings. Alanzo Ruble pitched one inning and walked one and struck out one.

Cherokee batter Jake Spindler and the Spirit Lake catcher react to a pop-up fly stroked by Spindler during the Braves Lakes Conference loss to the Indians in Cherokee Monday night. Photo by Paul Struck
Pitts led Cherokee's meager offense with two walks, two stolen bases, and a run scored. Brennen Nyren hit two doubles, tallied two RBI, and scored twice for the Midgets.

In the loss to Jefferson-Scranton, Nate Seliger took the pitching setback for the Braves, allowing four runs on nine hits, three walks, and one K in six innings. Jakob Hummel pitched one inning and allowed two runs on three hits.

Seliger and Ruble paced the Braves at bat, each going 2-4. Seliger had a double and one RBI.

In his first varsity start, Cherokee's Zac Smith got the pitching win for the Braves against MMC, allowing two runs on eight hits and one walk, with six Ks in seven innings of work.

Jesse Kunzweiler got the loss for MMC, giving up three runs on two hits and one walk, with five Ks in four innings. Neal Bunt pitched two innings and gave up two runs on two hits and two walks and one K, and Zach Specht pitched one inning and allowed four runs on three hits and four walks, with one K.

Hummel led Cherokee at the plate with a 3-4 effort, three RBI, two runs scored, and one steal. Seliger was 2-4 with a double.

Tanner Utesch led the Eagles with a 3-4 game, a double, and run scored. Andrew Hoefling was 2-3 with two stolen bases.

Pitts got the pitching loss in the Spirit Lake debacle, allowing eight runs on five hits, three walks, and three Ks in 2 1/3 innings. Dillon Drefke finished up, giving up eight runs on eight hits and one walk in 2 2/3 innings of the five-inning game called due to the 10-run mercy rule.

Mitch Peschon got the win for the Indians, allowing one run on three hits and three walks, with seven Ks in five innings.

Hummel was the lone bright spot for the Braves at the plate with two hits in three trips and a run scored. Tyler Dean, Brandon Stoll, and Tate Hansen each poked two hits for the Indians, with Stoll cracking a home run and totaling three RBI.

The 1-4 Braves host Hull Western Christian tonight and play at Storm Lake Friday night.

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