Shanon Shaefer took the pitching loss in the first game as Cherokee let a quick 4-0 lead evaporate in the donnybrook that saw 31 total runs scored. Shaefer gave up five earned runs on five hits and four walks, with two strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings pitched. Kelsey Ludwig pitched the first 2 1/3 innings for Cherokee, allowing nine runs on six hits and four walks, with three Ks. Both pitchers were victimized by six errors in the field.
Megan Carlson led Cherokee batters with a 3-5 night with two runs scored, two RBI, and two doubles. Ludwig helped the cause with a three-run home run that got the Washington High gals off and running. Shaefer had an RBI single, Brooke Luetkeman an RBI double, and Megan Hummel an RBI single.
"We hit the ball very well, unfortunately we allowed too many runners on base by errors," said Cherokee coach Cara Lubeck. "We have got to keep working on focusing the whole game and not letting one inning catch up with us."
Ludwig got the pitching win in the nightcap, allowing seven runs on 13 hits and three walks, with three Ks in seven innings of work.
Carlson again had a good night at the plate, with a 3-4 game, five RBI and two runs scored. Ludwig was also 3-4 with a double and run scored. Jackie WIlson had an RBI single.
Molly Ingvall led Spirit Lake batters with a 2-3 game, three RBI, and two runs scored. Plumb took the pitching loss.
"We were able to get the timely hit that we needed to score runs," said coach Lubeck. "The defense came through and made some great plays to prevent them from scoring."
Cherokee is now 2-12 this season and 1-7 in the Lakes Conference. The Indians are 5-13 and 3-5.
Cherokee stays busy this week, playing at Spencer tonight, at Emmetsburg Wednesday, hosting Storm Lake Friday, and participating in the Spencer Invitational Friday and Saturday.