The youthful Cherokee Washington High softball team, with no seniors and just one junior on the squad, dropped five recent games last week against rugged opponents.
The WHS gals lost 9-5 at Hull Western Christian, with losing pitcher Emily Haselhoff allowing eight hits, while walking six and striking out three in six innings of work.
"We played well and had a good comeback with five runs in the fifth and sixth innings, but we just couldn't stop them from scoring in the sixth (three runs)," said Cherokee assistant coach Larry Hunecke. "HWC is a good ball club."
The rated Emmetsburg team routed the younbg Cherokee club 15-0 in five innings in Cherokee last week, as Brookelyn Hoeppner took the pitching loss, allowing 10 hits on four walks amnd three Ks in five inings or work.
E-Hawk pitcher Faith Schmidt limited Cherokee to two hits and struck out 11 in fashioning the shutout.
Megan Hummel was 2-2 to lead Cherokee batters.
The WHS gals lost 10-5 to Storm Lake here last week, with Haselhoff getting the loss, allowing six hits, two walks, and striking out one in seven innings.
Ariana Smith paced the Cherokee offense with a 2-3 game at the plate.
"We left 12 runners on base and couldn't get a two-out hit," said Hunecke. "Storm Lake got the ball to fall with runners in scoring position. Our defense had too many errors to win the game."
In the Le Mars Tournament Saturday, Cherokee lost 16-4 to Class 3A ranked Sergeant Bluff-Luton, and fell 14-0 to #1 rated Class 1A Akron-Westfield.
Haselhoff took the pitching loss against SB-L, and Danni Roethler and Kaitlyn Kennebeck were each 2-3 with a run scored.
Hoeppner got the loss against the #1 Westerners, allowing six walks and striking out three in the five-inning game. Megan HUmmel, Erin Kelley, and Smith each notched hits for the WHS gals.
Cherokee plays at Estherville-LC Monday night.