Cherokee loaded the bases in two consecutive innings and had no runs to show for it, "failing to execute with runners on base," in the words of Cherokee coach Tara Malausky. This execution breakdown was "the only thing that kept us from winning," said the coach.
Cherokee left a total of eight runners stranded, as they rapped seven hits in the contest.
Shauna Drefke was the hard-luck losing hurler, as she surrendered six hits, struck out one and walked one. Drefke also collected two hits herself at the plate, as did Alanna Valentine and Lynn Carlson. Emily Anderson drove in Lauren Husman with the sole Cherokee run.
Cherokee now sports an 11-20 overall mark, and is 4-11 in conference play.
The girls close their regular season play at LeMars on July 11th. They will take on Battle Creek-Ida Grove in first round Class 2A District Tournament play at Battle Creek on July 16th at 7 p.m.