The Cherokee Braves opened their 2012 baseball season at home on May 23 against Maurice-Orange City/Floyd Valley with a 14-4 six-inning loss. Cherokee had four runs on five hits and committed three errors. Brett Walker took the loss on the mound for the Braves, who were led offensively by Adam Pitts, who was 3-3 with a single, double and triple, and drove in two runs. Two MOC/FV players, Mitch Vanes and Zach Landhuis, drove in three runs apiece for the Dutchmen, who scored 14 runs on 12 hits and committed one error in the game. Zach Landhuis was the winner on the mound. MOC-FV was able to take advantage of 11 walks and 3 hit batters by Cherokee pitchers, and the game was also delayed in the 4th inning for an hour and 20 minutes due to lightning. After the delay, the Braves scored 3 runs to force the game to continue past the 5th inning.
Jake Spindler stroked an RBI double for Cherokee and Seliger gave up two earned runs tn a throwing a complete game three htter, with three K's. Humboldt's Jacobson fanned 14 Braves' hitters .
The Braves played their third game in three nights on May 25th when they traveld to Holstein to take on a tough Ridge View team. and the Raptors came out on top by a 10-3 score. Seth Johnson gave up three runs on six huts and two earned runs for Ridge View while registering seven strikeouts and keeping the Braves' hitters off-balance all night with command of three different pitches, while Zac Smith took the loss on the hill for Cherokee. The Braves wound up with three runs on six hits and committed one error, while the Raptors got 10 runs on 13 hits and also committed one error.
Zach Landhuis and Adam Pitts led the way at the plate for Cherokee, while for Ridge View, it was Chris Brosamle,who was 3-4 with two doubles and three RBI and Kyle Wessling, who clubbed a go-ahead home run in the 4th inning, who paced their offensive effort.
Cherokee Coach Chad Osler said, "The final score does not necessarily indicate the kind of game that was played tonight as this was a one-run game into the bottom of the 5th. The Cherokee boys need to continue to work hard in practice to get some of their offensive issues ironed out heading into the conference season.
On Saturday, the Braves hosted their own invitational tournament, and in their first game they rolled to a five inning 17-5 win over Odebolt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove. The Braves amassed 15 hits in the contest, as every starter had at least one hit, The team was led by Adam Pitts' 3-4 performance, which included a double; Dillon Drefke drove in three runs and scored three as he went 2-2 at the plate; and Zac Smith was 3-4 with a double and four RBI. Smith also picked up the win on the mound, as he threw three hitless innnings and struck out three.Pitts and Lucas Lamoureux each threw an inning in relief, allowing only one hit and striking out seven.
Cherokee finished off their home tournament with a convincing 10-2 win over Jefferson-Scranton Paton-Churdan. Cherokee jumped out early by scoring multiple runs in each of the first three innings to take a commanding 8-0 lead. The Braves were led on the mound by senior Jake Spindler, who was making his first varsity star and earned his first varsity win with five innings of dominating pitching, allowing no earned runs. Lucas Lamoureux and Dillon Drefke each threw scoreless innings to finish off the win for Cherokee. Seven different Braves got hits and six different Braves scored runs. Nate Seliger was 3-4 with four RBI, Austin Winchell stroked a two-run triple, and Adam Pitts was 2-3, scored three times, and stole two bases.The balanced attack led to the team scoring 27 runs and knocking out 26 hits on the day. "This was great for our guys to have some success at the plate and build some confidence heading into a challenging week," said Braves' coach Chad Osler.
On Monday, the Braves traveled to Hull to take on Western Christian.in Lakes Conference action. The Braves took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second on back-to-back 2 -out singles by Marc Husman and Adam Pitts. Cherokee missed a couple of chances to add to their lead as they stranded eight baserunners through the course of the game. This lead would hold up until the bottom of the 6th, when the Wolfpack made their rally. Davis Fenchel's 2-run triple tied the game was the big blow for HWC. Braves' hurler Zac Smith had dominated the game for five innings before allowing three hits in the 6th inning, allowing Western Christian to take the lead and the game. The Wolfpack's Collin Faber threw a complete game, striking out four and allowing seven hits..
"Zac threw a heck of a game tonight," said Coach Osler. " He made big pitches in big spots all night. We needed to capitalize on our chances to extend our lead earlier in the game." Smith gave up four hits and struck out four in pitching a complete game.
Although the Braves out-hit the Wolfpack, seven hits to four, Western Christian played an errorless game and the Braves had two miscues in the field.Dillon Drefke led the Braves at the plate with a 3-3 night and he also scored one run. Adam Pitts was 2-4 with an RBI.