A talented Emmetsburg E-Hawk team blanked youthful Cherokee 12-0 in a quick five-inning Lakes Conference softball game here Wednesday night, ended early due to the 10-run mercy rule.
Cherokee managed just a lone single off Emmetsburg's winning pitcher Maddie Woodrift, who walked one and struck out 10 while facing just 16 Cherokee batters in the game.
Megan Hummel stroked that lone hit for the Washington High girls in the third inning, the only inning the WHS team placed any runners on base. Katie Sambrano led the third inning off with a walk and advanced to second base on Hummel's single. However, a strikeout and flyout prevented those runners from moving up and ended any further offensive production for the host team.
Kelsey Ludwig took the pitching loss for Cherokee, allowing 12 runs on 17 hits and two walks, with three strikeouts in five innings of work.
For the 4-2 E-Hawks, Woodrift led the offense, too, with a 3-4 night, including a double and home run and three RBI. Lasbrouk was 4-4 with a double and triple and scored a run.
"We obviously weren't ready for Emmetsburg's pitcher Maddie Woodrift," said Cherokee coach Cara Lubeck. "She overpowered us. We'll continue to work on our hitting and defense."
Cherokee (1-3) plays at Hull Western Christian tonight, hosts Estherville-LC Wednesday and Le Mars on Thursday, and plays in the Le Mars Invitational Tournament Friday.