The young Cherokee Washington High softball team continued down the rugged road last week, dropping Lakes Conference games at home to Estherville-LC (13-2) and Le Mars (10-1), and then falling twice to highly acclaimed teams at the Le Mars Tournament on Saturday, losing 18-1 to Sioux City North, and 9-2 to Sergeant Bluff-Luton.
Ludwig led the Cherokee offense with a double, RBI, and run scored, while Sarah Ruehle and Clare Tuttle each had singles. Tuttle also scored a run.
Ludwig also got the loss against Le Mars, giving up 10 runs on 15 hits and two walks in seven innings of work.
"For the Le Mars game, we played as close to a complete game as we have all year," said Cherokee coach Cara Lubeck. "Defensively we made some great plays and offensively we put the bat on the ball and made them make plays instead of popping it up."
Against Sioux City North Katie Sambrano took the pitching loss for Cherokee, allowing 10 earned runs on 11 hits and seven walks in five innings of work. Autumn Shaefer pitched one inning and gave up seven runs on two hits and six walks, while striking out one.
Ruehle led the offense with a 2-3 game and scored a run, Brooke Luetkeman and Autumn Shaefer also singled in the game.
Shanon Shaefer got the mound loss in the game against SB-L in Le Mars, allowing seven earned runs on 12 hits and five walks, with three Ks in six innings.
Ruehle again led the Cherokee batters with a 2-4 outing, while Amanda Kohn was 1-3 with an RBI.
"We ran into some good competition at the Le Mars Tournament," noyed coach Lubeck. "We made some very good defensive plays at times, but offensively are just stranding too many base runners in scoring positions. We are able to get runners on, but aren't able to string together the important hits to push them across the plate."
The 1-11 (0-6 in Lakes Conference) Cherokee girls host Lakes foe Spirit Lake tonight, and host MOC-Floyd Valley in a non-conference tussle Thursday nght.