Cherokee's Jake Spindler takes off after laying down a bunt during recent action in Cherokee. Photo by Paul Struck
The Cherokee Braves just couldn't string any hits together on their way to a 4-1 loss to rated 25-5 Le Mars here Friday night, wasting a solid pitching effort by Dillon Drefke in the process.
Cherokee managed its one lone run when Drefke doubled in Adam Pitts in the sixth inning and the Braves trailing 2-0 in the well-pitched Lakes Conference contest. The Billdogs then tacked on two insurance runs in the top of the seventh frame to ice it.
Drefke allowed three earned runs on seven hits and two walks, with four strikeouts in seven innings of work.
Cherokee second baseman Jake Spindler readies to throw a runner out at first base during recent baseball action in Cherokee. Photo by Paul Struck
Le Mars winning pitcher Parker Rolfes limited the Braves to one run on six hits and one walk, with five Ks, in seven innings. Rolfes also led the Bulldogs at bat with a hit, RBI, and run scored.
Nate Seliger was 2-3 to pace the Braves at the plate, while Marc Husman, Luke Zeimen, and Austin Winchell also stroked hits for the Braves.