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Baseball Braves lose by narrow margins

Friday, June 15, 2012

Cherokee pitcher Zac Smith strides to the plate delivering a pitch during recent Lakes Conference baseball action in Cherokee. Photo by Paul Struck
The Cherokee Braves dropped four recent baseball games by narrow margins, with two road games and two home dates comprising the action.

The Braves lost at Denison-Schleswig 4-2 after outhitting the Monarchs but stranding 10 runners on base. Nate Seliger paced Cherokee hitters with a 2-4 effort at two RBI. Adam Pitts was 1-2 with a double and was 3-3 in stolen bases.

Austin Winchell took the pitching loss for the Braves, allowing three runs on just two hits in four innings of work. Tanner Peterson got the mound win for D-S, giving up two runs on five hits and striking out eight.

"We need to do a better job at the plate with the game on the line," said Cherokee coach Chad Osler. "We continue to battle against tough pitchers and put ourselves in position to have big innings. We're just one big hit away."

Cherokee lost 13-6 at Storm Lake last week, with Seliger taking the pitching loss and Ethan Kenkel getting the win for the Tornadoes.

Cherokee base runner Connor Voge takes a tenuous lead off first base during recent Lakes Conference baseball action in Cherokee. Photo by Paul Struck
Winchell led the Braves on offense with a 2-3 game and two RBI, and Lucas Lamoureaux was 1-3 with two RBI and a steal. Cherokee stranded eight base runners.

"I thought we let the rivalry aspect get the better of us tonight," said Osler. "We really battled a very tough pitcher and will continue to work and get better."

The Braves dropped a 4-3 heartbreaker to Emmetsburg in Cherokee last week after leading 3-2 going into the E-Hawks' final at-bat. The visitors croed two runs in the top of the seventh and hung on for the win.

Zac Smith took the mound loss for Cherokee, allowing seven hits and striking out six in a complkete game effort.

The Braves tallied three runs on four hits, with Dillon Drefke leading the offense with one hit and two RBI against Emmetsburg ace Ryan Kliegel, who struck out 11. The Braves stranded nine base runners.

"This was a tough loss considering all the craziness surrounding the game," explained Osler. "We battled all night against a tough lefty and had our chance to knock him out. We need to figure out a way to win some close games because we are good enough to be in a lot of close games.

Cherokee lost 18-8 in five innings at Le Mars Monday night.

Jake Spindler took the pitching loss, as the Braves allowed 18 runs on 17 hits, including a Bulldog first inning that saw 11 runs scored on nine hits and two home runs.

The Braves scored four runs in the first to take the lead, and answered the le Mars big fgirst frame with four more runs in the second inning, but it would not hold up against the undefeated Bulldogs.

Lamoureaux was 1-1 with a double and two RBI, and Spindler 1-2 with two runs scored and a double to pace the Cherokee offense.

"Le Mars is 10-0 for a reason," said Osler. "They swung the bats well tonight and we struggled making adjustments in the sun and wind. I'm proud of the guys for not giving up after that huge first inning for them."

The Braves play at Ridge View in Holstein Saturday.

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