Cherokee coach Tara Malausky confers with Lynn Carlson (22) and Lacie Drennan during Tuesday's District Tournament contest in Battle Creek. Photo by Troy Valentine
BATTLE CREEK - Following a tough 11-10 loss to Manson-Northwest Webster in Class 2A District softball play here on Tuesday, Cherokee coach Tara Malausky said "Tonight was not our night defensively, but I give the girls credit- they fought and fought hard."
The Cherokee gals actually out-hit the Cougars 14-6, but left 10 runners stranded as the loss ended Cherokee's season with a 13-22 overall record. They were 4-12 in Lakes Conference play.
Both teams had some difficulties on defense, as M-NW had six errors and Cherokee five. Only seven of the Cougars' 11 runs and five of Cherokee's 10 were earned runs.
Cherokee's Lynn Carlson faces Manson-Northwest Webster pitching in July 17th District Tournament game in Battle Creek. Photo by Troy Valentine
Lynn Carlson had a 4-5 night at the plate for Cherokee, including a double. Carlson scored once and knocked in one run. Kelsey Essick and Lacie Drennan were both 3-5, with Essick scoring twice and having one RBI and Drennan scoring once and having two RBI. Kylie Dilla had just one hit in four at-bats, but the senior had three RBI, with a double and a sacrifice. Allison Husman was 2-4, including a double. She crossed the plate three times. Emily Anderson scored twice, and Jenna Walsh also scored a run for Cherokee. Pitcher Shauna Drefke drove in one with her 1-4 plate performance.
On the mound, Drefke gave up 11 runs, 7 earned, on six hits. She struck out two, but issued nine walks and also had two wild pitches.
The game marked the last game for Cherokee coach Malausky, who is moving to Anamosa with her husband Matt, and she had these parting words:
"During my few years of coaching in Cherokee, God has blessed me with some great kids. Each one of them holds a special place in my heart, and I will miss them all."