A whopping 15 errors and nine runners left on base cost the Cherokee Washington High softball team dearly here June 25th in a 10-6 loss to Spirit Lake.
"Committing too many errors tonight kept us from winning this ball game," said a frustrated Cherokee coach Tara Malausky. "We can't continue to make this many errors and expect to win ball games."
Victimized by the large number of fielding miscues, Shauna Drefke suffered the pitching loss for Cherokee, allowing five earned runs on nine hts and three walks, with three strikeouts.
Cherokee had six runs on seven hits and six walks, with four Ks against Indians' pitcher Brown.
Leading hitters for Cherokee included Sam Phipps 1-3 with a home run and two RBI, Lacie Drennan 2-4 with a run scored and an RBI, Alison Husman 2-2 with a run scored, and Kylie Dilla with a hit and run scored.
In another Lakes Conference encounter at Hull Western Christian Tuesday night, the WHS club dropped a 6-4 decision.
Drefke took the mound loss, giving up five earned runs on 11 hits and two walks, with two strikeouts. Cherokee had four errors.
Kelsey Essick led the Cherokee offense with a 2-2 game, three RBI, a double, and two sacrifices. Emily Anderson was 1-1 with three runs scored, and Nicole Hatch was 1-1 with a run scored.
"To win ball games, each player needs to show up both physically and mentally. Right now, we are lacking both," said Malausky.
Cherokee is now 8-14 this season and 3-7 in the Lakes Conference.