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Cherokee girls drop two

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Kelsey Ludwig fires a pitch for Cherokee while first baseman Autumn Shaefer stays ready to defend against a batted ball in recent softball action in Cherokee. Photo by Paul Struck
MOC-FV, Spencer down young local team

Visiting MOC-Floyd Valley (8-3) bombed young Cherokee 13-3 in three innings in non-conference softball action in Cherokee last week.

Kelsey Ludwig took the pitching loss for Cherokee, giving up eight earned runs on eight hits and three walks in three innings of work.

Autumn Shaefer led the Washington High gals at the plate, with a single and RBI. Brooke Luetkeman and Megan Hummel also had hits for Cherokee, which managed just four hits off winning Dutchmen pitcher Anema.

Cherokee scored in the bottom of the third inning when Shaefer singled in Sarah Ruehle, who had arrived on a walk, and advanced to second on a Duthchmen error.

"We did not show up defensively tonight as the score shows," said Cherokee coach Cara Lubeck. "You can not have eight errors and still win a game. Focus has been as issue that has plagued us all season long, and tonight showed that just in the three innings that we played."

The Cherokee girls also dropped a 10-2 Lakes Conference softball decision at Spencer Monday night.

Kelsey Ludwig took the loss on the mound, allowing six earned runs on nine hits and one walk, with two strikeouts.

Cherokee scored its two runs in the bookend first and seventh innings.

In the first frame, Jackie Wilson singled in Sarah Ruehle who had singled and advanced to second and third bases on wild pitches. In the seventh inning, Amanda KOhn walked and later scored on two consecutive singles by Ludwig and Megan Hummel. Wilson and Hummel were each 1-3 with an RBI.

Cherokee managed five total hits off Tiger hurler Amy McLaury, but struck out 12 times in the game. Amanda Mahrt led Spencer at the plate with a 3-4 night, two RBI, and two rujns scored.

"A combination of too many errors and way too many strikeouts did not help us tonight," said Cherokee coach Cara Lubeck. "We need to stay focused both devesively and offensively to be competitive in games."

Cherokee (2-15) hosts Storm Lake tonight, and plays in the Spencer Tournament Friday and Saturday.

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