Class 2A District Baseball: Timeliness favors Braves
CHEROKEE – Spirit Lake had No. 4 Cherokee on the ropes as the two teams met for the Class 2A District Championship game on Saturday.
The Braves had beaten Spirit Lake twice in the regular season by scores of 4-1 and 15-3.
Again the chips didn’t fall the Indians way as the Braves pulled out a 2-1 victory.
The Indians held a 1-0 lead after Ryan Jennings scored on a single by Ethan Carlson in the bottom of the fourth inning.
That lead held until the top of the sixth when the Braves loaded the bases. A hit-batter brought in the tying run with a sacrifice fly scoring the ultimate game-winning run.
“Our kids held their heads up high,” said Spirit Lake coach Jason Schneider. “Ethan threw a great game-just all the (Cherokee) hits and the error (the Indians had just one) came in the same inning.”
Carlson took the loss despite giving up just two hits.
Carlson was 2-3 with an RBI while Jennings and Nic Erickson each went 1-3.
The Indians (9-19) ended the season strongly. They won two of their last three Lakes Conference games and then made it to the district championship game with a 14-2, six-inning win over Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn followed by a 4-3 win over Okoboji.
Playing in their final high school game were seniors Carlson, Jennings, Derrick Miner, Jordan Gayer and TJ Johnson.
“They’ve definitely been leaders for us,” said Schneider. “We’ll need some guys to step up next year and take a leadership role.”