Brookelyn Hoeppner suffered the pitching loss at E-LC, allowing five earned runs on eight hits and four walks in 3 2/3 innings of work. Winning Midget pitcher Bosch limited Cherokee to just two hits in the shutout and struck out five in four innings of work.
The Midgets scored three times in the first on a Cherokee misplayed fly ball to the outfield, and tallied six more in the second following two more Cherokee fielding errors.
The WHS gals did not get a runner past first base and were given a good lesson in aggressive base running by the senior-laden E-LC squad, according to assistant coach Larry Hunecke.
In the big win at Sheldon, Cherokee used a six-run first inning to get up and away and then tacked onm two more runs in the sixth to take the narrow lead and hang on to it.
Hoeppner got the pitching save in relief of starter Emily Haselhoff, striking out three of the seven batters she faced in the final two innings.
Cherokee scored its six first-inning runs thanks to six walks, a few passed balls and wild pitches. The WHS lasses stranded 10 base runners, again revealing a propensity of failing to get a timely hit with two out and runners in scoring position.
Cherokee scored the winning runs in the sixth inning after Danni Roethler and Grace Teusink walked and Megan Hummel stroked her third hit of the game, plating Roethler and advancing Teusink to third. Ariana Smith then grounded to the third baseman who three the ball to first, allowing Teusink to score the eventual game-winner.
Cherokee hosts Hull Western Christian tonight, and then plays two games Friday and two more Saturday in the Spencer Tournament.