After trailing 2-0 early in the game, Cherokee relied on Ruehle once more after she coaxed a walk, stole second base, advanced to third on a fielder's choice, and scored her team's first run on a nifty bunt by Shanon Shaefer. Shaefer made it to first on the fielder's choice bunt and Clare Tuttle walked before Kaitlyn Miller doubled them both home to push Cherokee to a 3-2 lead.
Storm Lake tied the game at 3-3, before Ruehle's sixth-inning heroics. Winning pitcher Miller then got out of a bases-loaded predicament in the seventh inning to ice the game.
Miller allowed three earned runs on five hits and five walks, with three strikeouts in seven innings of work.
Ruehle ended with two doubles, two runs scored, two stolen bases, and one RBI. Miller was 1-2 with two RBI, and Shanon Shaefer 1-3 with an RBI and run scored.
Megan Thompson got the pitching loss for the Tornadoes, giving up five runs on eight hits and three walks, with three Ks in six innings.
"The team played very well tonight, even with people playing different positions due to injuries," said Cherokee coach Cara Lubeck. "They hung with it tonight and didn't let up. Tonight was one of the better defensive nights that we have had. We made some good plays to force outs without letting runs score."
Cherokee (4-18) plays in the Carroll Kuemper Tournament Saturday, and at Le Mars Tuesday night to end regular season.