Braves claim offensive display, 13-6

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Cherokee girls top River Valley

Cherokee shortstop Payton Slaughter fields a ground ball and looks where the play is during softball action against River Valley.
Photo by Reta Todd

Thursday night against River Valley, the Cherokee softball team got their bats going in the 3rd inning, when Alexus Jones singled and Megan Boger sacrificed her to second base. The Braves leading hitter Payton Slaughter was awarded first base on an intentional walk and Lily Anderson then walked to load the bases. Teagan Slaughter then hit a single scoring Jones and her sister Paytom and the Braves took a 2-0 lead.

Not to be outdone, River Valley scored six runs in the top of the fourth inning when  Brittany Meyer tripled to open up the frame and then scored when Megan Carstens singled. Daisy Olais singled and scored on Brooke Goettsch’s single. After a Cherokee infield miscue, Katrina Todd reached base and Sydney Zahnley scored.  Taylor Knaack then reached base on an error in the outfield, scoring Goettsch and moving the runners to second and third. Delaney Zahnley singled to score Knaack to give the Wolverines six runs in the inning.

River Valley outfielder Kaylee Knaack reaches for a fly ball during softball action against Cherokee.
Photo by Reta Todd

The Braves really got things rolling in the bottom half of the 5th inning when Apryl Mesler singled,  Payton Slaughter doubled, and Lily Anderson reached on a fielder’s choice.  Teagan Slaughter then singled, driving in her sister and Lily Anderson. Kassidy Pingel reached on an error and Teagan Slaughter scored.  Sarah Kach then tripled but was caught stealing home.

Apryl Mesler started the sixth inning off again with a single. Payton Slaughter then reached on a fielder’s choice as Mesler was thrown out at 2nd.  Lily Anderson singed, scoring Slaughter, and then Teagan Slaughter hit her first home run of the season, scoring Anderson. Sarah Kach was hit by a pitch and JeMae Nichols doubled. Alexus Jones singled driving in Kily Kennebeck, courtesy runner for Kach, and JeMae Nichols. 

Lindsay Williams was the winning pitcher giving up nine hits, six runs (only two earned), and striking out three.

Taylor Knaack took the loss for River Valley allowing 13 hits, walking three and striking out two.

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