Cherokee girls beat Cougars, 10-7
The explosive Cherokee softball team lit it up big time with a nine-run fourth inning to overtake a talented Manson NW Webster squad by a 10-7 score here Tuesday night.
After spotting the Cougars a five-run third inning thanks to a couple costly errors and some timely hitting by the MNW girls, Cherokee's offense rolled up its sleeves and hammered the Cougar pitchers for 10 runs on 16 hits from that point on.
Key blows in the Washington High club's big fourth frame were an igniting two-run double off the bat of Alanna Valentine that gave Cherokee its first lead, and then Alison Husman's two-run homer that followed Valentine's big hit.
Besides those two big bats, Cherokee featured salty performances from nearly the entire team. Kylie Dilla was 3-6 and a run scored, Lacie Drennan 3-4 and two runs scored, Sam Phipps 2-4 and an RBI, Kelsey Essick 1-3 and an RBI and run scored, Shauna Drefke a double and RBI, and Emily Anderson 2-4 with a run scored and two stolen bases.
"Tonight we hit the ball," said a pleased Cherokee coach Tara Malausky. "We put the ball in the gaps and pushed nine runs across the plate in one inning. It was a total team effort up and down the line-up."
Drefke got the win for Cherokee, allowing four earned runs on 10 hits and one walk, with six strikeouts.
Cherokee, now 12-20 on the season and 4-11 in Lakes Conference play, starts Class 2A District Tournament action at 7 p.m. Monday in Battle Creek against Battle Creek-Ida Grove.