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Braves drop three of four games

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Cherokee catcher Adam Pitts takes a time out to talk strategy with pitcher Brett Walker during recent baseball action in Cherokee. Photo by Mike Leckband
The Cherokee Braves dropped three of four recent baseball games by narrow margins, including two one-run losses that could have gone either way.

Last week, Spencer clipped the Braves 2-1 in the last inning in Lakes Conference action.

Zac Smith took the heart-breaking loss on the mound for Cherokee, allowing no earned runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out six Tigers in seven innings of work.

Cherokee scored its lone run in the third inning after Adam Pitts doubled and later scored from third on a sacrifice fly by Nate Seliger.

Pitts led the Braves at the plate with a 2-4 game, while Seliger and Smith were each 1-2, that trio accounting for all of the Braves hits.

Seliger, Jake Spindler, and Luke Zeimen had stolen bases for the Braves.

Cherokee fell to Manson NW Webster 5-1 in non-conference action in Cherokee last week.

The Braves scored the lone run in the second inning when Austin Winchell's base hot plated Seliger, who had doubled before him. Cherokee's only two hits in the game were Winchell's and Seliger's.

Levi Lundquist started on the mound for the Braves. No pitching statistics were submitted for this game.

In the Ridge View Tournament in Holstein Saturday, the Braves beat Ar-We-Va 3-2 with Seliger getting the pitching win in relief of starter Winchell, who gave up just two earned runs on six hits and one walk, with one K in four innings of work. Seliger pitched one inning of the five-inning game dictated by the tourney format.

Cherokee managed just four hits in the victory, with Pitts, Spindler, Lucas lamoureaux, and Winchell poking singles. Pitts and Spindler each had an RBI for the winners.

Alta-Aurelia scored three runs in the fourth inning of the five-inning game to beat the Braves 6-1 in the second tourney game for Cherokee.

Lamoureaux singled in Winchell for the Braves lone run in the fourth frame. Also getting hits for Cherokee were Pitts, Seliger, and Winchell.

Dillon Drefke took the pitching loss for Cherokee, allowing five earned runs on six hits and two walks, with six strikeouts in four innings of work.

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