PETERSON - The season ended with a thud here Friday night for a young Cherokee softball club, as highly regarded Sioux Central bombed the Washington High team 13-1 in four innings in opening Class 2A Regional action.
Shannon Shaefer took the pitching loss for Cherokee, allowing eight earned runs on nine hits and five walks, with one strikeout in two innings of work. Autumn Shaefer gave up three earned runs on four hits and one walk in two innings of relief.
Sarah Ruehle, Megan carlson, and Shannon Shaefer had the hits for Cherokee as the WHS lasses were unable to solve talented Rebel pitcher Brooke Scharn who faced just 14 Cherokee batters in the four-inning game.
Cherokee scored its lone run in the top of the fourth and final inning after Carlson singled, advanced to second on a ground-out by Autumn Shaefer, arrived at third after a Rebel error, and scored on a Jackie Wilson ground-out.
Scharn also led her team at the plate, with a 3-4 night, four RBI, a home run and double, and a run scored.
"Sioux Central is a very good hitting team," said Cherokee coach Cara Lubeck. "We made some great plays on defense even though the score does not indicate it. All of the players gained valuable playing experience this year that will be great to builkd off of next year."
Cherokee ends with a 2-27 record and 1-15 Lakes Conference mark. The game was rained out from its original date Thursday night, and moved to Friday night.