The busy Cherokee Braves, playing five games in four days and depleting its pitching staff, dropped all five games recently.
On Thursday, Cherokee traveled to Manson NW Webster and got handled 11-1 in a blow-out. Friday, the Braves hosted Spencer and lost a close 7-5 decision in Lakes Conference action. On Saturday at the Ridge View Tournament in Holstein, the Braves fell 7-4 to Ar-We-Va, and 7-5 to Ridge View, and Monday night at Spencer dropped a tight 2-0 pitcher's dual.
Alanzo Ruble cracked a solo home run to pace the Braves at the plate, and Jakob Humel was 2-3 with two doubles and a stolen base.
Brandon Wessles led the Mustangs with a 3-4 game and five RBI and a run scored. Brennan Thompson was 2-3 with two RBI and a run scored.
Bryce Wessles got the mound win for MNW, giving up one run on five hits and three walks, with seven Ks in five innings.
Pitts got the pitching loss to Spencer in Cherokee, allowing six earned runs on seven hits and five walks, with two Ks in seven innings. Charlie Rettey got the win for the Tigers, giving up five runs on five hits and five walks, with three Ks in 5 1/3 inning. Brandt Illg got the save with one K in 1 2/3 innings of relief.
Zac Smith got the pitching loss against Ar-We-Va, allowing two earned runs on four hits and one walk and one K in one inning. Levi Lundquist pitched three innings of relief and struck out six in a no-hit effort in his first varsity action.
Brett Walker paced Cherokee batters with a 2-2 game in his first varsity appearance, and Dillon Drefke was 1-3 with an RBI and double.
"This was a very sloppy game with 12 errors total. Ar-We-Va was able to capitalize on the errors better than we were," noted Cherokee coach Chad Osler.
Hummel took the loss against Ridge View, giving up three earned runs on four hits and four walks, with three Ks in three innings. Ruble relieved Hummel and gave up two runs on one walk and one K in one inning.
Ruble hit a solo home run, Ege was 2-03 with two RBI, and Hummel 1-2 with two runs scored to lead the Braves at bat.
Josh Mohr hit a three-run homer for the Raptors, and Dru Kenny was 1-2 with an RBI and stolen base.
Kyle Wessling got the win, allowing five runs on six hits and two walks, with six Ks in 4 1/3 innings. Kris Alesch pitched 2/3 an inning for Ridge View and gave up one hit and struck out one.
"We just didn't do enough offensively to capitalize on early opportunities to score," said Osler.
Ege pitched a stellar three hitter and gave up just one earned run in absorbing the bitter 2-0 loss at Spencer Monday night. He walked five and sgtruck out nine in six innings.
Illg got the win for Spencer, allowing just one hit in his shutout bid, with three walks and nine Ks in seven innings.
Drefke had the lone hit for Cherokee, a seventh-inning single.
"Both pitchers dominated their opponent," said Osler. "Spencer was able to make the most of the limited opportunities to score runs in this pitchers' duel."
The Braves play at Spirit Lake tonight, and in the Carroll Kuemper Tournament Saturday and Sunday in Carroll.