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Le Mars girls demolish Cherokee

Friday, June 17, 2011

Cherokee's Jackie Wilson slides into second base ahead of the throw under the watchful eyes of the hustling base umpire and the Le Mars second baseman during softball action in Cherokee Wednesday night. Photo by Paul Struck
Visiting Le Mars scored 12 runs in the top of the fifth inning to decimate Cherokee's young softball team 22-3 in Lakes Conference action here Wednesday night.

Bulldog pitcher Jordan Heidebrink shut down Cherokee batters in the five-inning game called due to the 10-run mercy rule, firing a one-hitter, walking two, and striking out six.

Kaitlyn Miller got the pitching loss for Cherokee, giving up 13 earned runs on 10 hits, four walks, and two strikeouts in four innings of work. Shanon Shaefer pitched one inning of relief and gave up five earned runs on five hits and one K.

Autumn Shaefer had the lone hit for the Washington High girls, although the team hit several balls hard, but right at the defenders.

"People were playing in positions they haven't normally played this year due to an injury and absences," noted Cherokee coach Cara Lubeck. "Le Mars hit a lot of bloopers that fell in just over the shortstop's and second baseman's heads that the outfielders couldn't get to. Le Mars definitely hit the ball well and was able to place it in the gaps."

The Cherokee girls (2-10, 1-5 in conference) host Spencer tonight in a weather make-up, and play at Spencer Monday night. le Mars is now 11-7 over all and 4-2 in the Lakes.

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