Gehlen Blasts Braves 20-2
LEMARS- A veteran stacked LeMars Gehlen baseball club took advantage of seven Cherokee errors and 14 walks on the way to a 20-2 season opening, one-sided win over Cherokee’s youthful Braves here Monday night.
In a game that went just four innings, Gehlen turned a 6-1 first inning lead into 20-1 with a 14-run explosion in the second inning. Officially, game over.
The game was officially in the books at 20-1 after three innings, but coaches agreed another inning would be played to allow more players to get some playing time. Cherokee did muster one more run in the top of the fourth, but again, the game was already history.
Jeff Augustine and Derek Von Arb, both juniors, led Gehlen’s assault offensively with two hits each with Von Arb logging a round tripper and single. Augustine singled and doubled.
Despite the lopsided loss, Cherokee Coach Tyus Adkins remains positive. “We had a lot of good at bats and a saw some positives in spite of what the score says,” he said. “We’re a brand new team and a very, very young team in contrast to Gehlen, a very experienced squad.”
Cherokee statistics showed the Braves with just three hits, all singles, by starting pitcher Simon Mummert, Sam Kach and Trevor Lundquist.
Mummert started the game on the mound for the Braves, working one-and-two-thirds innings, giving up eight hits, five runs and striking out one. Sophomore Trey Benson pitched two-thirds of an inning, allowing two hits, walking five and allowing five runs. Two more sophomores saw mound duties - Nick Clark worked one inning, gave up two hits, 10 runs and six walks, while Levi Pingel gave up four hits, walked one and struckout two.
“I like to look at the positives,” added first-year cherokee skipper Adkins. “Again, we had some real good at bats and we’ll build on that. I don’t think the score is indicative of how we played.”
Cherokee hosted Kingsley-Pierson on Tuesday night and will host Spirit Lake in a Lakes Conference opener tonight as will the Cherokee softball squad. On Friday, Cherokee teams travel to Estherville-Lincoln Central for a long Lakes Conference road trip.