"Pitching by committee," according to Cherokee coach Jeremy Dettmer, Cherokee stayed with the talented orabs throughout all seven inning of regulation, with the team knotted at 2-2.
Cherokee's Lynn Carlson and Jesselyn Racine accounted for an RBI each to give WHS its two runs. Carlson was 1-2 with an RBI, Racine 1-4 with an RBI, Kelsie Peterson 2-4 with a double, Kelsey Essick 1-3 with a run scored, Alison Husman 1-4, and Shauna Drefke with a run scored.
Jenna Phipps started on the mound for Cherokee, allowing one run and five walks and one hit batter in 1 1/3 innings. She was rellieved by Íhauna Drefke, who gave up one run on one hit and three walks, with four strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings. Kelsie Ludwig finished up, allowing one run on three hits and four walks in 2 2/3 innings.
"We tried to use pitching by committee to keep the Sheldon batters off balance," said Dettmer. "If we can control the walks, this may be a good strategy for us. The difference in the game was Sheldon was able to get a two-out hit with runners in scoring position, and we had two opporutnities in regulation to do so and could not.
"If we keep playing like this, we will be in each game and have opportunities to win."