LE MARS - The Cherokee Washington High softball team rang up a 1-2 record at last weekend's Le Mars Softball Invitational, defeating Le Mars Gehlen 10-9, and losing 10-0 to Hinton, and 9-6 to Sioux City North.
In the win over Gehlen on Saturday, Autumn Shaefer came through with a game-winning single in the bottom of the seventh inning to score Megan Hummel, who had singled and stole second base.
Those big hits came on the heels of some great Cherokee offense with Cherokee trailing 9-4 in the seventh, including Taylor Woods three-run double that scored Autumn Shaefer and Sarah Ruehle, who each had singled, and Clare Tuttle, who had walked to load the bases. Katie Sambrano then singled to move Woods to third base and Hummel followed with a single to score Woods. Amanda Kohn then doubled in Sambrano before Autumn Shaefer's game deciding single plated Hummel.
Shanon Shaefer got the pitching win, allowing seven earned runs on five hits and eight walks, with three strikeouts.
Autumn Shaefer was 4-4 with two doubles, two RBI, and two runs scored; and Woods was 2-3 with a double, four RBI and a run scored.
"The offense really came through in the bottom of the seventh," said Cherokee coach Cara Lubeck. "Everyone did a great job of doing their part and getting on base or moving runners into scoring positions. This was a real confidence booster."
Shanon Shaefer took the pitching loss against Hinton on Friday, giving up nine earned runs on eight hits and four walks in five innings.
Ruehle led the meager Cherokee batting attack with a 2-2 game.
"We had too many errors and allowed too many baserunners on, and then one key hit would drive them in," explained coach Lubeck.
Freshman Kaitlyn MIller took the mound loss against North, allowing eight earned runs on 10 hits and eight walks, with two Ks in seven innings.
Tuttle was 1-2 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored to lead the WHS gals at the plate, while Jackie Wilson was 2-3 with a double and two runs scored, and Shanon Shaefer 1-3 with a triple and two RBI and a run scored.
"We played much better this game and hit the ball well," said Lubeck. "We have to become more consistent both offensively and defensively to win the close games."
Cherokee (3-8) plays at MOC-Floyd Valley Thursday night in a non-conference tussle.