Cherokee's Curtis Ege took the pitching loss, allowing five earned runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out six in five innings of work. He was relieved by Jakob Hummel who gave up two earned runs on two hits and one walk in one inning. Nate Seliger pitched the final inning, allowing three earned runs on three hits and two walks.
Zach Reuter got the mound win for Le Mars, allowing five runs on nine scattered hits and two walks, with six strikeouts in seven innings.
Alanzo Ruble paced the Braves hitting attack with a 2-4 game, including a two-run home run, a double, three RBI, and two runs scored. Ege was 3-3 at the plate with two doubles and two stolen bases, Seliger 2-4 with a double and two runs scored, and Hummel 2-4 with a double, run scored, and stolen base.
Kendall Candor led Le Mars with two hits, a triple and two RBI, followed by Jeremy Bohlke 4-5 with two RBI and two runs scored, and Austin Homan 2-5 with a triple, double, and one RBI.
"Le Mars is a very good team that is now 6-0 in the conference," said Cherokee first-year coach Chad Osler. "We battled a good pitcher all night and were right there with the tying run at the plate late in the game."
The Braves play in the Ridge View Tournament Saturday, and at Spencer Monday night.