Braves fall to LeMars, 5-3
The Cherokee Braves played at home Monday night in a Lakes Conference match up with LeMars, and although the Braves led through three innings of play, a four - run fourth inning for the Bulldogs resulted in their 5-3 victory.
The Bulldogs put up one run in the top of the first inning as Dane Jurgenson got the start on the mound for the Braves. The Braves plated a run of their own in the bottom of the first as Dane Jurgenson scored on a base hit by senior Jack Benson.
The Braves put themselves in the driver's seat in the bottom of the third inning with two more runs as Joe Benson hit a RBI single to bring in Nick Clark and Jack Benson hit a RBI single to send Dane Jurgenson across home to put the Braves up 3-1 after three complete.
The Bulldogs didn't waste much time, as in the top of the fourth they started off with three straight singles on their way to a four-run inning.
That would be enough to hold off the Braves and the loss put the Braves season record at 1-12 overall and 0-5 in the Lakes Conference.
Dane Jurgenson pitched a solid six innings while striking out five and allowing six hits -all singles - and walking three. Jack Benson pitched one inning of relief, retireing all three batters he faced, two by way of strike out.
Jack and Joe Benson led the Braves offensively as they each hit two singles. Jack had two RBI while younger brother Joe drove in one run.
Although the Braves couldn't pick up the victory, head coach Cory Ege is happy with his team's progress, stating, “ We need to learn how to play with a lead. Offensively, we need to be more consistent and be able to put the ball in play, but overall our pitching was solid. Joe Benson had a great game for us. We've put him at the top part of the batting order and he is adjusting well. We just need five or six guys to be more consistent at the plate at the same time and we can win some ballgames.”
The Braves will be back at home on Wednesday for another conference game as they host Spencer.