EMMETSBURG - The season ended with a thud here last week as the Cherokee Washington High softball team fell victim to all-state Emmetsburg pitcher Maddy Woodruff's 10-0 no-hit shutout in second-round Class 2A Regional Tournament action.
Woodruff, who barely escaped the WHS gals here July 1 with a thrilling 1-0 Lakes Conference win, stayed in control throughout this night, striking out 10 Cherokee batters and closing every inning out, three up and three down.
The game was called in the sixth inning due to the 10-run mercy rule, as Cherokee could mount no offense against Woodruff, a Coe College recruit.
Shanon Shaefer, who was on the mound for Cherokee for that 1-0 loss during regular season, pitched five innings and allowed six runs on four hits and seven costly walks. Kaitlyn Miller pitched one inning and gave up four runs on three hits while facing five batters.
Woodruff also led her team at the plate, stroking two hits in four trips, including a double , two RBI, and two runs scored.
"Woodruff was able to control our hitters tonight," said Cherokee coach Cara Lubeck. "We had a few too many walks and errors to stay competitive tonight."
Cherokee ends its 2010 season with a 7-25 record, while second-ranked Emmetsburg continues down tourney trail with a sparkling 28-3 mark.