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Braves lose 3 Lakes Conference games

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

It continues to be "close, but no cigar" for the Cherokee Washington High baseball team in Lakes Conference action, as the Braves dropped three recent loop games to tough opponents, including a heartbreaking 1-0 nailbiter at Storm Lake Monday night.

Cherokee pitcher Levi Lundquist fires the ball to the plate during recent baseball action here. Photo by Paul Struck
Last Thursday, the Braves lost 16-3 to a solid Spirit Lake team in a weather makeup in Cherokee, and then fell 6-3 in a competitive game against Hull Western Christian on Friday, also in Cherokee.

Levi Lundquist was tagged with the pitching loss against the Indians, allowing four earned runs on three hits and one walk, with one strikeout in 1 1/3 innings of work. Austin Winchell pitched 2 1/3 for Cherokee and gave up eight earned runs on three hits and four walks, with four Ks. Connor Voge pitched 1 1/3 innings and allowed one run on three hits and struck out two.

The Braves managed just four hits off Spirit Lake pitcher Brandon Stoll, With Dillon Drefke, Nate Seliger, Brett Walker, and Voge getting one hit apiece. Seliger, Walker and Zac Smith scored one run each for the Braves, and Drefke and Luke Zeimen had RBI for Cherokee.

Cherokee third baseman Lucas Lamoureaux eyes the ball into his glove as the baserunner hits the dirt and his third-base coach and Cherokee centerfielder Marc Husman watch the action recently in Cherokee. Photo by Mike Leckband
Drefke took the mound loss against HWC, allowing three earned runs on eight hits and one K in seven innings of work.

Adam Pitts paced Cherokee with a triple, RBI and run scored, while Jake Spindler stroked a single and scored a run, and Drefke finished 3-4 with an RBI and a double. Zeimen was 2-4 with one RBI, and Walker 1-3 with a double and run scored.

In the narrow loss at Storm Lake Monday night, Seliger pitched a masterful game, allowing one earned run on seven scattered hits, and one walk, with two Ks, as the Braves' defense played stellar throughout.

Cherokee managed just two hits, with Spindler and Zeimen stroking singles against Tornado pitcher Aaron Krier, who walked five and struck out seven in his shutout bid.

Krier also scored the game's only rin in the first inning after doubling and then scoring on a Nic Seaman double, before Seliger settled down and shut down the explosive Storm Lake offense.

The 3-18 Braves play at Emmetsburg tonight and host Spirit Lake Friday night.

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