Phipps, Carlson lead potent offense
SPENCER - The Cherokee Washington High softball squad won two of four games in the tough Spencer Invitational Tournament here Friday and Saturday, one of the setbacks to Akron-Westfield, the state's top-ranked Class 1A team.
Cherokee dropped a hard-fought 7-5 verdict to George-Little Rock in the tourney opener, and then clipped Newell-Fonda 10-8, and rocked Sioux Center 11-3, before falling 7-0 to Akron-Westfield.
In the loss to G-LR, Shauna Drefke took the pitching loss, allowing five runs on six hits and one walk, with five strikeouts and three wild pitches.
Lynn Carlson led the WHS girls with a 3-3 game, including a two-run home run, three runs scored, and two stolen bases. Sam PHipps was 4-4 with an RBI, Drefke 1-3 with two RBI, Lacie Drennan 1-3 and a run scord, Kelsey Essick 1-5 and a run scored, and Alanna Valentine 1-3.
Drefke got the win against Newell-Fonda, giving up five earned runs on 11 hits and three walks, with three Ks.
Alison Husman led Cherokee on offense with a 3-4 game and two runs scored. followed by Phipps 3-4 and two RBI, Carlson 1-3 and two RBI and a run scored, Kylie Dilla 1-4 with an RBI and run scored, Essick 1-5 and two runs scored, Emily Anderson 1-2 and a run scored, Drennan 1-5 and run scored, and Valentine 1-4.
Drefke gave up just one earned run and three hits in the rout of Sioux Center. She walked two and fanned one.
Carlson swung the big bat with a 4-4 game, three RBI and a run scored. Essick was 3-3 with two runs scored, Jesselynn Racine 1-2 with two RBI and a run scored, Valentine 1-3 and run scored, Husman 1-4 and run scored, and Phipps 1-4.
Cherokee managed just four hits against Heyl, the A-W pitcher, who also struck out five. Carlson was 2-3, and Racine and Drennan each 1-2 to account for Cherokee's hits.
Drefke took the loss, allowing four earned runs on 12 hits and no walks, with two Ks.
"Over the course of both days, we pounded out 34 hits," noted Cherokee coach Tara Malausky. "We continue to hit the ball like that things fall into place. Defense needs to finish out plays and not get ourselves in a hole."
Phipps was named to the All-Tournament Team.
The 8-12 Cherokee club (3-5 in Lakes Conference) plays at Spencer Friday.