SPIRIT LAKE - The Cherokee Washington HIgh softball team dropped an 8-7 Lakes Conference verdict at Spirit Lake Monday night in a 10-inning game that was tied 7-7 after the regulation seven innings.
The host Indians busted loose for the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning to claim the win.
Shanon Shaefer took the pitching loss for Cherokee, going the distance and allowing seven earned runs on 17 hits and four walks, with three strikeouts in 10 innings of work.
Spirit Lake's Vale also threw all 10 innings, giving up seven runs on 15 hits.
Autumn Shaefer paced Cherokee with two hits, including a solo home run in the first inning. Jackie Wilson was 3-4 with a double, and Shanon Shaefer 2-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.
Cherokee scored its runs on Shaefer's first-inning home run. In the second inning, Shanon Shaefer's RBI single scored Taylor Woods who had singled and advanced to second, Megan Hummel's RBI single scored Nicole Kellen who had walked, and Shaefer scored on a fielder's choice. In the seventh inning, Shaefer scored on an Amanda Kohn single, Hummel scored on a fielder's choice, and Wilson doubled in Sarah Ruehle who had singled.
"The girls played great tonight," said Cherokee coach Cara Lubeck. "We had one inning that got away from us, but buckled down and didn't allow any more runs until the 10th inning. We are getting better with every game."
Cherokee (2-4) hosts Storm Lake tonight, and treks to Le Mars Friday night.