ORANGE CITY - The 12-2 MOC-Floyd Valley softball team scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to abruptly end a Lakes Conference tussle with Cherokee's youthful Washington High team here last week by the final tally of 11-1.
The Dutch plated seven runs in the third inning to blow open the game by bunching three walks, two Cherokee fieelding errors, and four of their 10 total hits in the inning.
Cherokee scored its lone run in the fourth frame after Megan Hummel arrived on an error, Ariana Smith was hit by a pitch, and Erin Kelley grounded to third and the throw went past the first baseman, allowing Hummel to score and Smith and Kelley to advance. However, a strikeout ended that threat.
Brookelyn Hoeppner took the pitching loss for Cherokee, allowing seven earned runs on 10 hits and three walks, while striking out five in 4 1/3 innings pitched.
"We struggled at the plate by not hitting one ball to the outfield," said Cherokee assistant coach Larry Hunecke.
Cherokee hosts Spirit Lake tonight, and Hull Western Christian here Thursday.