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.
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.
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.