Braves’ season ends with 13-6 loss to E-LC
For the second consecutive year the Cherokee Braves looked to make their return to Principal Park in Des Moines for the state baseball tournament, but the Braves had their hands full with Estherville - Lincoln Central in their Class 2A Substate game Tuesday night and ELC held off the late season- surging Braves to win by a score of 13-6.
The Braves jumped out to a early 1-0 lead after one complete inning, but that would be their only lead of the game as the Midgets had a big second inning, scoring six runs, and taking a 6-0 lead after two complete innings.
ELC extended that lead in the fourth inning, adding three more runs and pushing their lead to 9-1 after four innings.
The Braves fought hard for a comeback, adding three runs in the fifth inning to cut the lead to 9-4, but ELC added four more runsof their own in the sixth inning to put their lead back up to 13-4.
The Braves continued to fight hard in the seventh inning, plating two more runs, but ELC was able to hold off the Braves and make their way to Des Moines with a 13-6 victory.
On the mound, the Braves used a platoon of pitchers, starting out the game with senior Trey Valentine. Trey went two innings, allowing five hits, six runs(three earned) and striking out two batters. Mason Pitts and Dane Jurgenson each pitched one and two-thirds innings in relief, with Pitts allowing two hits, three runs (one earnerd), and one strike out and Jurgenson allowing no hits and three runs (one earned).
Michael Herwig also pitched in the game, going two-thirds of a inning while allowing one hit and one earned run.
On offense, senior Eric Peterson collected two singles and a double, Mason Pitts had a single and double, Devyn Hember and Jack Benson each had a singe and drove in two runs, and Trey Valentine also had a single.
Overal, the Braves scored six runs on eight hits and committed four defensive errors while ELC scored 13 runs on 10 hits and commited two errors.
After the game, Braves’ coach Cory Ege commented, “I thought ELC played a better overall game. They are a tough team to beat. You have to limit mistakes, and we were not able to do that. I thought our offense hit the ball well all night, we just never got going when we needed to after ELC put up a big number in the second inning.”
The Braves end their season with an overall record of 2-14 . ELC will enter the state tournament as a three seed and will play Centerville in opening round action at 5 p.m. on Monday.