SPENCER - The Cherokee Washington High softball team's journey in the Spencer Tournament wasn't very fruitful here last week, as the WHS club dropped two Saturday games - 8-1 to a talented Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn team, and 8-3 to rated North Sentral Kossuth/Armstrong-Ringsted - to go along with two losses on Friday to Sioux City Heelan by an 11-0 score, and Denison-Schleswig by a 14-2 margin.
Cherokee made five costly errors in the loss to MMC, with Shanon Shaefer taking the pitching loss, allowing four earned runs on eight hits and one walk in seven innings.
Kayla Foresman got the win for the 16-4 Eagles, giving up one unearned run on five hits and one walk, with two strikeouts in seven innings of work.
Sarah Ruehle led the Cherokee batters with two hits, and Clare Tuttle also singled for WHS. Tasha Larsen scored Cherokee's lone run on a passed ball after arriving on an error and advancing to third on a passed ball and sacrifice bunt.
Erica Dreckman was 3-4 to pace MMC at bat, also tallying two runs scored, one RBI and three stolen bases. Jalyn Doeden had a two-run single and scored a run, Brandi Orr doubled and had one RBI, and Taylor Holmes was 1-3 with an RBI and run scored.
Kaitlyn Miller got the pitching loss against NSK-AR, allowing eight earned runs on eight hits and four walks, with one K in six innings.
Shanon Shaefer led the WHS batters with a 2-4 effort and two RBI, and Ruehle was 1-3 with a triple and RBI.
Winning pitcher Haag gave up three runs on seven hits and two walks, with five Ks in seven innings.
"Everyone played very well this game against a very solid and ranked team," noted Cherokee coach Cara Lubeck. "The score doesn't reflect how the game went against a ranked team."
In Friday's loss to Heelan, Miller got the loss, allowing eight earned runs on eight hits and three walks, with three Ks in five innings. Winning pitcher Sandman limited Cherokee to three hits, striking out three in five innings.
Shanon Shaefer was 2-3 to lead Cherokee batters, and Ruehle had the other hit.
Shaefer took the loss against D-S, giving up eight earned runs on 13 hits in five innings. Shaefer also led Cherokee at the plate with a 3-3 game, and Megan Hummel had two doubles and scored a run.
The Cherokee girls (3-18 over all and 2-8 in Lakes Conference) host winless Storm Lake tonight.