ESTHERVILLE - A revved-up Cherokee Washington High softball squad tallied six runs in the first inning here on June 16th, but couldn't recapture the magic the rest of the way and succumbed, 15-6 , to a tough Estherville-LC squad in Lakes Conference action.
Alanna Valentine paced the Cherokee club at the plate with a 3-4 night, a double and RBI. Kelsey Essick finished 2-4 with a stolen base and scored a run, Lacie Drennan was 2-4 with an RBI and run scored, and Autumn Shaefer was 2-4 with two RBI and a double.
Also getting hits for the visitors were Kelsie Peterson 1-2 with RBI and stolen base, Alison Husman 1-4 with a run scored, and Sarah Ruehle 1-1.
Kelsey Ludwig replaced starter Kelsie Peterson in the first inning, but neither could shut down the explosive Midget bats.
"We scored six runs in the top of the first and we struggled in the bottom of the first to get some outs," said Cherokee coach Jeremy Dettmer.
"Even though we continued to hit the ball hard the rest of the night, we could never recapture the momentum of that first inning. It was, by fdar, our best hitting night of the year and the score does not reflect the fact we actually played fairly well on defense."