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WHS girls survive tourney test

Monday, July 12, 2010

Cherokee nicks Poky 10-9 in slugfest

Sarah Ruehle of Cherokee rounds third base on her way to score during recent softball action in Cherokee. The WHS girls won their tourney opener in Cherokee last week. Photo by Paul Struck
The never-say-die Cherokee softball team stayed the course throughout the game, including capitalizing on a pivotal five-run fifth inning, to sneak by Pocahontas Area/Pomeroy-Palmer 10-9 in a Class 2A Regional first-rounder in Cherokee Thursday night.

The Washington High gals trailed 8-4 before that huge five-run fifth inning fueled by a two-run single by Autumn Shaefer, an RBI double from Megan Hummel, and a run-scoring single by Clare Tuttle.

Hummel was 3-3 in the game with a double, RBI, and two runs scored, and Sarah Ruehle was 4-4 with an RBI and two runs scored, and two stolen bases. Shanon Shaefer notched a two-run single, and Jackie Wilson laced an RBI single for the winners.

Cherokee pitcher Shanon Shaefer readies to deliver a pitch as third baseman Taylor Woods, and first baseman Autumn Shaefer stay focused in their defensive positions during recent softball action in Cherokee. Photo by Paul Struck
Shanon Shaefer pitched three innings and gave up six earned runs on five hits and five walks, with two strikeouts. Freshman Kaitlyn Miller pitched four innings and allowed two runs and one walk, and struck out two.

Ashley Radig took the pitching loss for the Pocahontas Area/Pomeroy-Palmer club, allowing Cherokee nine earned runs on 17 hits and two walks, with four strikeouts.

Radig also was her team's main offensive threat, finishing 2-4 with three RBI, two runs scored, and a home run off Shaefer.

"The team was able to pull through and get a close win," said Cherokee coach Cara Lubeck. "We hit the ball hard tonight and advanced the runners at the right times.

"We also made some very good plays on defense throwing a couple runners out at home trying to score."

The Cherokee girls take a 7-24 record down tourney trail, while PA/PP ends its season with a 9-17 record.

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