The Washington High School softball team played two games in Regional Tournament recently. Playing Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn in Hartley on July 3rd, the Cherokee girls trailed 6-0 going into the third inning, but outscored the Hawks 9-1 the rest of the way to take home a 9-7 win. Katie Sambrano got the first varsity win of her career, pitching well despite a couple of defensive misplays. Allison Husman and Lacie Drennan each had three hits and Kelsey Peterson two to pace the Cherokee offense.
All three of Cherokee's runs were scored in the fifth inning. Alison Husman led off the inning with a single and Jesselyn Racine followed with a triple. Kelsey Essick then reached base on a walk and Kelsie Peterson batted her in with a double.
Cherokee coach Jeremy Dettmer said "The girls finally played like they were capable of. Despite the loss, we played like a team - the way I envisioned them playing all season. A big factor in that was Katie Sambrano bringing
stability to the pitching circle in the last two games. In 14 innings
pitched, she had just one walk. Alison Husman also had 11 putouts in
centerfield during this two-game span."
Cherokee finished the season with an 8 -23 record.