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Cherokee girls drop tourney games

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Cherokee center fielder Jackie Wilson fields the ball during recent Lakes Conference softball action in Cherokee. Photo by Paul Struck
SPENCER - The young Cherokee softball squad dropped four games against stiff competition at the Spencer Tournament here Friday and Saturday.

On Friday, the Washington High girls lost 4-1 to Denison-Schleswig, and 9-0 to undefeated, top-ranked Class 3A Sioux City Heelan. Saturday, Cherokee lost 11-1 to Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn, and 11-1 to George-Little Rock.

Kelsey Ludwig got the pitching loss against Denison-Schleswig (13-7), allowing two earned runs on 12 hits in six innings, as her team stranded eight base runners.

Jackie Wilson led Cherokee's offense with a 2-3 game and one RBI, while Shanon Shaefer had a double and scored a run, and Taylor Woods had a hit.

"We played very well defensively. We made some excellent plays and kept runners from moving into scoring position," said Cherokee coach Cara Lubeck.

Ludwig took the mound lost against 25-0 Heelan, givng up nine runs on eight hits and five walks. Shanon Shaefer, Amanda Kohn, Megan Hummel had the lone hits for Cherokee off Heelan's Jordan Johnson, who struck out 11.

"Heelan is a very solid team fundamentally. We made some errors, but also made some great plays," said Lubeck.

Ludwig absorbed the loss to MMC on Saturday, allowing seven earned runs on 14 hits and five walks in seven innings.

Autumn Shaefer singled in Hummel who led off the sixth inning with a single and advanced on a ground-out to later score Cherokee's lone run. Shanon Shaefer, Megan Carlson, Autumn Shaefer, and Hummel had the hits for Cherokee.

Freshman Kayla Foresman got the win for MMC, allowing one run on fofur hits and striking out four in seven innings. Mariah Walton led the Eagles' offense with a 3-5 game, two RBI, a double, and triple.

"There were way too many errors to make it competitive," noted Lubeck. "If you are going to win a game with a lot of errors, you need a lot of hits which we didn't have."

Shanon Shaefer took the pitching loss against GLR, allowing eight earned runs on six hits and six walks in four innings. Ludwig pitched one inning and gave up two runs on two hits and one walk.

Shanon Shaefer had Cherokee's lone hit and scored Cherokee's lone run in the first inning after leading the game off with a single and advancing on a passed ball, a ground-out, and scoring on a wild pitch.

Cherokee (2-20) plays at Estherville-LC tonight, at Le Mars Thursday night, and at the Tiger-Knight Invitational in Carroll Friday and Saturday.

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