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Cherokee softball team stays busy

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Shanon Shaefer readies to deliver the pitch during recent softball tournament action in Spencer. The Cherokee girls open the tourney season Thursday night in Cherokee. Photo by Jeff T. Benson, Lyon County Reporter
The busy Cherokee Washington High softball team, playing five games in three days, won the final game after dropping the first four against rated competition.

Last week in a Lakes Conference doubleheader in Cherokee precipitated by recent weather postponements, Cherokee lost a 5-0 verdict to a ranked Estherville-LC team, and followed that with a 9-0 setback to rated Emmetsburg.

On Saturday, in the Carroll Kuemper Invitational in Carroll, the WHS lasses lost 7-2 to host Kuemper and 6-2 to Woodward-Granger, before defeating Riverside 6-0 on a two-hit shutout fashioned by Cherokee pitcher Shanon Shaefer.

Shaefer took the loss against E-LC, allowing two earned runs on four hits and one walk, with one strikeout in seven innings.

Clare Tuttle led the Cherokee offense with a 2-3 game and a stolen base, and Jackie Wilson was 1-3.

Midgette pitcher Melissa Gjerde gave up just three hits and struck out four in her shutout bid.

Shaefer also took the mound loss against Emmetsburg, allowing three earned runs on 10 hits and one walk, with two Ks in seven innings. Kaitlyn Miller had Cherokee's lone hit as E-Hawk hurler Schmidt struck out 12 batters in seven innings.

Shaefer also absorbed the loss to Kuemper, giving up four earned runs on nine hits and one walk, with one K in seven innings.

Wilson led Cherokee at the plate with a 2-3 effort, and Katie Sambrano was 1-3 with an RBI.

Miller took the pitching loss against Woodward-Granger, allowing five earned runs on seven hits and four walks, with four Ks in six innings.

Wilson led the offense with an RBI double, and Megan Hummel was 1-3.

Shaefer got the shutout win over Riverside, allowing just two hits and striking out four in seven innings.

Tuttle was 2-4 with an RBI and run scored, and Hummel 1-3 with a double, three RBI, and two runs scored.

"We made some very good plays today," noted Cherokee coach Cara Lubeck. "Our bats came around in the last game and we were able to get timely hits when we needed them,. We were able to make the plays to prevent them from scoring."

Cherokee plays Sibley-Ocheyedan in first-round Class 2A Regional action Thursday night at 7 p.m. in Cherokee. That winner meets 4th-ranked Alta-Aurelia at 7 p.m. Friday in Alta. A-A has a first-round bye.

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