SPENCER - The Cherokee Washington High softball team came out swinging here on June 5th to grab a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but the host Spencer Tigers withstood that rally and hung on to overcome the WHS girls, 6-3, in Lakes Conference action.
For Cherokee, Kelsie Peterson led off the game with a double and a few batters later, Lynn Carlson boomed a two-run home run to stake her team to a quick 2-0 lead.
Spencer came right back, however, feasting on what Cherokee coach Jeremy Dettmer called "a shaky defense," to ultimately tally six runs in the first two innngs and hold on for a 6-3 victory.
"The first two innings we were a bit shaky on defense and we gave up six runs. After that, we settled down and they only batted three people per inning for the rest of the game," said Dettmer in summation.
Cherokee totaled just five hits in the contest, with Peterson having two of those, Carlson's home run, Husman's triple, and Lacie Drennan's single. The WHS club sent just 24 batters to the plate in seven innings of play.
Kelsey Ludwig took the pitching loss for Cherokee, allowing three runs on seven hits, while striking out two in six innings of work.
Cherokee plays at Emmetsburg tonight, hosts rated Storm Lake Wednesday, and travels to Orange City to play MOC-Floyd Valley Thursday night.