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HWC Grand Slam sinks Braves

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Cherokee's Nate Seliger is ready to swing at a pitch he likes during recent Lakes Conference baseball action in Cherokee. Photo by Paul Struck
HULL - The Cherokee Braves overcame an early 4-1 deficit to take a 7-5 lead into the seventh and final inning, only to see Hull Western Christian fight back with a game-winning Grand Slam and six runs in the bottom of the seventh to claim an 11-7 Lakes Conference victory here Monday night.

The Braves wasted another quality pitching performance by senior Curtis Ege, who gave up three earned runs on six scattered hits and six walks, with eight strikeouts in six innings of work. He was relieved by Alanzo Ruble, who allowed four earned runs on one hit and two walks, and one hit batter. Jake Spindler relieved Ruble and allowed two earned runs on one hit and one walk.

Adam Pitts paced Cherokee at bat with a 3-3 game and two runs scored, while Spindler was 2-3 with two runs scored and one RBI, and Jakob Hummel 1-3 with an RBI, run scored, and stolen base.

Adame VanderStoep got the pitching win for the Wolfpack, allowing six runs on 10 hits and four walks, with five Ks in seven inning of work.

"Curtis pitched extremely well, but his pitch count got too high for him to finish the game," said Cherokee coach Chad Osler. "The guys battled back from an early deficit against a good pitcher to have the lead going into the seventh, but HWC battled back and won the game with a walk-off Grand Slam."

The Braves host Emmetsburg here Friday night in further Lakes Conference action.

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