Senior pitcher Shauna Drefke took the loss for Cherokee, giving up four earned runs on 11 hits and three walks, while striking out one. She faced 31 Bulldog batters in the five-inning game halted early because of the 10-run mercy rule.
Jordan Heidebrink got the mound win for Le Mars, allowing three earned runs on six hits, with four strikeouts.
Leading hitters for Cherokee included Alanna Valentine 1-2 with an RBI, Lynn Carlson 1-3 with an RBI, Lacie Drennan 1-3 with an RBI, Kelsie Essick 1-3 with a run scored, and Kelsie Peterson with a run scored.
Both of the Bulldogs big innings occurred with a runner on first base and two outs.
"We have to give Le Mars credit for putting a string of hits together with two outs," said Cherokee coach Jeremy Dettmer, in referring to a majority of those hits as hot ground balls hit between third base and shortstop.
"I think we're learning to be more patient at the plate and that should help us down the road. We need to tighten up our defense."
Cherokee is now 2-2 for the season and 1-2 in Lakes Conference play.