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Braves softball falls to Wolfpack, Tornadoes

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The Cherokee softball team lost a pair of games this past week, first a 4-2 road loss to Western Christian on Wednesday and a 14-2 home loss to Storm Lake on Thursday.

Against Western Christian on Wednesday, the Wolfpack scored three runs in the third before the Braves put up one in the fourth. Western Christian added a run in the sixth and Cherokee pushed across a run in the seventh, but lost 4-2.

Cherokee had six hits, five singles and a double, with two RBIs, and struck out six times. Senior Parissa Barnes scored a run and hit two singles while sophomore Sophie Thorson hit a single and a double. Freshman Sabrina Valentin scored a run, freshman Mahren Malausky and eighth grader Ava Kremer each had an RBI, and junior Addison James and eighth grader Taelyn Reuter each hit a single. Malausky pitched the whole game and allowed six hits, four runs, one earned, walked two and struck out two.

On Thursday against Storm Lake, the Tornadoes put up four runs in the second and fourth for an 8-0 lead, before Cherokee added two runs in the fourth off a two-run homer from James. Storm Lake scored a run in the sixth and five in the seventh for the 14-2 final.

The Braves had three hits, two singles and a home run, with two RBIs, and struck out seven times. James hit the home run for two RBIs while Thorson scored a run. Barnes and junior Olivia Fox each hit a single.

Thorson had the team’s lone stolen base in the game. Malausky pitched five innings and allowed 11 hits, 10 runs, four earned, walked three and struck out one. Reuter threw for two innings and allowed three hits, four runs, three earned, and walked five.

Cherokee is now 6-16 and was scheduled to face Woodbury Central on Tuesday and MVAOCOU on Wednesday. They will host 15-7 MOC-Floyd Valley on Monday at 7 p.m. before kicking off the postseason at 15-8 Southeast Valley on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Cherokee Braves

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