The Cherokee Washington High girls softball team split its two season-opening games last week, falling 14-4 to Sioux City West in Cherokee in the opener Wednesday night, and then defeating Pocahontas Area/Pomeroy-Palmer 18-8 in Pocahontas Friday night.
Shanon Shaefer took the pitching loss against Sioux City West, allowing eight earned runs on 10 hits and five walks, with one strikeout in five innings or work.
Megan Hummel was 2-2 with two singles and an RBI to lead the Cherokee offense, and Nicole Kellen was 1-2 with a double and two RBI.
Shaefer got the pitching win at Pocahontas, allowing five earned runs on three hits and eight walks, with seven strikeouts.
Amanda Kohn was 3-4 for Cherokee with a double and four runs scored, Hummel 2-3 with four runs scored, and Autumn Shaefer 2-2 and three walks.
A. Radig took the pitching loss for the Maidens.
"We hit the ball really well against Pocahontas and waited for the right pitch to hit," said Cherokee coach Cara Lubeck. "The girls were patient enough to draw 16 walks, which took discipline up to bat.
"The defense played better after they got the first-game jitters out of the way against Sioux City West. We still need to work on being consistent on defense and not allowing as many base runners.
Cherokee is 1-1 so far this season.