Cherokee failed to score after mounting threats in the first and sixth innings, on the way to a 9-0 defeat at the hands of Hull Western Christian in Lakes Conference softball action here on June 24.
The Washington High girls threatened to score in the first inning after Kelsey Essick singled, moved to second on a fielder's choice, and advanced to third on a single by Lynn Carlson. Carlson then stole second, but the two runners were stranded on a ground-out to end the inning.
Cherokee threatened again in the sixth when Carlson led off with a single, followed by singles from Alison Husman and Alanna Valentine to load the bases. However, a strikeout and flyout ended that inning.
Carlson and Husman led the Cherokee offense with two hits apiece. Gesink paced the victorious Wolfpack with a 3-4 night, including two RBI and three runs scored.
Freshman Jenna Phipps took the pitching loss for Cherokee, allowing seven earned runs on nine hits and four walks, with six strikeouts in seven innings of work. Horstman got the mound win for HWC, giving up eight hits and one walk, with six Ks in her shutout bid.
"We hit the ball fairly well tonight," said Cherokee assistant varsity coach Carla Lubeck. "Unfortunately, we just hit the ball to them and Hull Western was able to place the ball where we weren't."