The Cherokee Washington High softball team lost three recent Lakes Conference games and split two games at the Tiger/Knight Invitational in Carroll Friday.
In the loss at Le Mars, Kelsey Ludwig took the setback on the mound, allowing six earned runs on six hits and seven walks in six innings of work. The Cherokee cause was plagued by four errors.
Megan Carlson led the Cherokee batters with a 2-2 game, while Amanda Kohn, Taylor Woods, Katie Sambrano, and Ludwig also had hits. Woods laced an RBI double in the second frame.
Ludwig also took the hard-luck loss in the first game against Sheldon in Cherokee Monday night. She gave up six earned runs on 10 hits and two walks and one strikeout in six innings.
"The team played excellent defense against a good hitting Sheldon team during the first game of this doubleheader," said Cherokee coach Cara Lubeck.
Shannon Shaefer took the pitching loss for Cherokee in the nightcap, allowing nine earned runs on 10 hits and one walk, with one strikeout in five innings.
Autumn Shaefer led the offense with a 2-3 game and two RBI, and Ruehle was 1-2 with a run scored.
"We had nine errors in the second game and just lost focus on the task at hand," said Lubeck.
Five errors were costly in the game against Kuemper Friday in Carroll, as Ludwig took the pitching loss, allowing 14 earned runs on 14 hits, three walks in 2 2/3 innings. Shannon Shaefer pitched 1/3 of an inning and managed Cherokee's lone hit, a single in the first inning to lead off the game.
"Kuemper hit the ball well," said Lubeck. "They placed hits in gaps and were aggressive on the bases. Unfortunately, what we hit went right to them."
Cherokee led West 6-5 when rain ended the game and the tourney.
Cherokee's claim to fame in this game was a triple play in the third inning afterb West had runners on second and third bases with no outs. A ground ball to Sambrano at third was thrown to Ruehle at home for the tag. Ruehle then fired a throw to Carlson at second base who tagged out the batter trying to advance on Sambrano's throw to the plate. Carlson then returned the throw to Ruehle at the plate to put out the runner from second who rounded third and attempted to score on the play at second base.
Cherokee, 2-26 over all and 1-15 in the Lakes Conference, ends reguar season play and plays in the Class 2A Districts Thursday night at Peterson against Sioux Central.