The Cherokee Washington High softball team dropped two recent Lakes Conference home games, falling 12-0 to third-ranked Emmetsburg Monday night, and 15-3 to Storm Lake Tuesday night in a weather make-up game postponed last week.
The WHS gals managed just one hit and one walk off the heavily recruited Woodruff, with Jackie Wilson managing that on a fifth-inning single.
Shanon Shaefer took the pitching loss for Cherokee, allowing six earned runs on nine hits and one walk in five innings of work. Kaitlyn Miller pitched one inning for Cherokee and gave up three earned runs on two hits.
The E-Hawks clubbed four home runs in the game, with Woodruff getting one of those and accounting for five RBI.
"Emmetsburg was a very good hitting team," said Cherokee coach Cara Lubeck. "They are very disciplined at the plate and wait to get a pitch they can drive, which unfortunately for us were finding the gaps tonight."
The E-Hawks are 10-1 over all and 5-1 in the Lakes Conference.
Shanon Shaefer also took the pitching loss against Storm Lake, allowing eight earned runs on 10 hits and three walks in 2 1/3 innings worked. Miller again relieved and gave up four earned runs on three hits and four walks in 2 2/3 innings. The Tornadoes slammed three home runs in the game, with Slone Masters, Jordan Bauer, and Katie Blum getting those.
Autumn Shaefer paced the Cherokee batters with a 2-3 game, including a two-run home run and three RBI. Shanon Shaefer was 2-3 and scored a run. Sarah Ruehle singled and scored on Shaefer's home run.
Winning pitcher Katie Blum allowed three runs on five hits and one walk, with five strikeouts in her five innings of work.
Storm Lake is now 4-9 over all and 3-3 in the Lakes Conference. Cherokee falls to 3-10 and stands 0-6 in the conference. The WHS girls play at MOC-Floyd Valley tonight.