The Cherokee Braves split two Lakes Conference baseball games in Cherokee last week, falling 11-0 in five innings to Storm Lake, and defeating Emmetsburg 12-10 in a barn-burner in Cherokee Friday night.
Tornado pitcher Nolan Cone fired a two-hit shutout at the Braves Wednesday night, allowing just one walk, and striking out seven in five innings of work.
Carson Anderson paced the explosive Storm Lake attack, with a 2-3 game, three RBI, and a home run. Cone helped the cause with a home run and double and two RBI, and Ryan Matasovsky stroked a double and tallied two RBI.
"Storm Lake showed us why they were the team to beat coming into this season," said Cherokee coach Chad Osler. "They swung the bats very well and Cone was on top of his game on the mound."
Nate Seliger started for Cherokee and got the win, allowing eight earned runs on six hits and eight costly walks, with two Ks in six innings of work. Adam Pitts relieved Seliger in the seventh and gave up a hit and hit a batter to load the bases before Ege's mound heroics saved the day.
Seliger helped his cause with a 3-4 effort and three RBI and three runs scored, while Ege was 2-4 with two RBI, a double, and two stolen bases. Pitts was 1-3 with two RBI and a steal, and Dillon Drefke was 2-3 with two RBI.
Taylor Wagner led the E-Hawks at bat with a home run and three RBI and two runs scored.
"We overcame a lot of adversity in this game to pull out a victory in Senior Night," said Cherokee coach Osler, who was ejected for arguing a call during the game.
"Nate battled through some control problems, but kept us in the game. Curtis did a great job of coming into a bases loaded jam and slamming the door for the win. I am very proud of the way the guys responded tonight. Coach (Cory) Ege did a great job down the stretch of this game as well."
Cherokee plays Hinton in Class 2A District Tournament action in Cherokee at 7 p.m. Saturday, preceded by Ridge View versus Lawton-Bronson at 5 p.m. Those winners play at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Cherokee.