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Cherokee softball losing streak reaches five games, falls at Woodbury Central, 9-7

MOVILLE — For the second time this season the Cherokee softball team finds themselves amidst a five game losing streak, as they season winds down. During the present five game losing streak, Cherokee has been outscored 40-15, and hit just .209 as a team (24-for-115).

Woodbury Central hosted Cherokee Tuesday evening and broke a 4-4 tie by scoring five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning for a 9-6 Braves loss, dropping Cherokee’s record to 6-18 overall.

The win by the host Wildcats makes it a perfect 4-0 won-loss record against the Braves in all-time meetings going back to July of 2015.

Cherokee held a brief 1-0 lead in the top portion of the second inning, only to have Woodbury Central answer with three runs in bottom portion of the inning. The host Wildcats added one run in the fourth upping their lead to 4-1. The Braves stormed back with three runs to tie it 4-4 in the top of the fifth inning. The Braves final two runs came in their half of the seventh inning.

It marks the fourth time this season a Braves loss has been decided by three of fewer runs.

Hard luck pitcher Mahren Malausky took it on the chin once more, seeing her pitching record fall to 6-16. Malausky faced 37 batters in six innings allowing 12 Woodbury Central hits. She threw a total of 120 pitches, walking four, hitting one Wildcats batter, and posting three strikeouts.

Five Woodbury Central batters had a two hit game — Madi Lloyd, Emma King, Lexi Gilbert, Libby Marx and Kendra Mitchell. The fivesome occupied the 1-2-3-4 and sixth position in the Wildcats batting order. Mitchell and Lloyd had doubles. Gilbert and Kenzie Cross homered for Woodbury Central.

Sophie Fedderson in 2.2 innings of relief faced 12 batters posting a walk and strikeout, and getting credit for the win. Brailee Bremer started in the circle and faced 20 batters in 4.1 innings. The eighth grader walked two and fanned four Cherokee batters.

For the season, Cherokee has struck out 146 times, while collecting 182 hits (31 extra base hits).

Against Woodbury Central, Parissa Barnes, Malausky, Addison James, Taylor Reuter. Sabrina Valentin, and Ava Kremer singled. Sophie Thorson doubled, had an RBI, and scored a run. Malausky drove in two runs, Barnes scored twice and swiped a base.

Cherokee will wrap up the regular season on Monday hosting MOC/FV (15-8).

Teams Score By Innings | R-H-E
CHEROKEE 0-1-0-0-3-0-2 | 6-7-3
WOODBURY CENTRAL 0-3-0-1-0-5-x | 9-12-3
Woodbury Central WP: Sophie Fedderson (2.2 IP/RELF), 12 BF, 1 BB, 1 K; Cherokee LP: Mahren Malausky (6.0 IP), 37 BF, 4 BB, 1 HP, 3 K.
Cherokee Offensively: Parissa Barnes (1-4), 2 RS, SB; Sophie Thorson (1-4), double, RBI, RS; Mahren Malausky (1-4), 2 RBI; Addison James (1-3); Taelyn Reuter (1-4), RBI; Sabrina Valentin (1-3), SB; Ava Kremer (1-1), RS; Payton Reinert RS; Kalexis Hyndman RS, SB.
Cherokee Batting vs. Woodbury Central: 7-for-32 .219 AVG.
Cherokee Overall Record: 6-18; Woodbury Central Overall Record: 19-8.

Raptors have eight run fourth inning, top Spirit Lake 12-7

GALVA — A 5-1 Ridge View deficit was erased in the bottom of the fourth inning against Spirit Lake on Tuesday with eight Raptors scoring and not looking back as they captured a 12-7 victory, extending their win streak to four games.

The guest Indians came back to cut it to a 9-7 deficit in the top portion of the fifth, only to have Ridge View add two runs of its own in the bottom portion of the inning, and a single run as the exclamation point in the sixth.

Ridge View sophomore Zoey Aschinger picked up the win with relief help from senior Tatum Shepherd. Aschinger improves her won loss record to 8-3. She faced 18 batters over four innings allowing seven runs (four earned), walked four four, hit one Indians player and fanned a total of five.

Her counterpart for Spirit Lake was Lauren Borthwick who pitched six innings facing 35 batters and allowing nine earned runs. Borthwick struggled with control as she walked seven, hit two and fanned just four Raptors. Her record on the season falls to 8-10.

Six different Spirit Lake players had a hit. The lone extra base hit was a double credited to Emma Whiting. Borthwick and Bella Marz each drove in two Indians runs. Faith DeWild scored two Spirit Lake runs.

Reese Hawthorne of Ridge View had a double to match Whiting. Hawthorne finished the game 2-for-4 with a game-best five RBI and a run scored. Aschinger also picked up two hits in three at bats. Emma Mentzer had two Raptors RBI. Four Raptors scored two runs apiece — Brynlee Grieme, Faith Freese, Savannah Cudabeck, and ‘speedy’ eighth grader Cora Tesch.

Tesch with her two runs scored against Spirit Lake leads the Raptors on the season with 29 runs scored. She is also the team leader in stolen bases, successfully stealing 22-of-23 attempts.

The win elevates the Raptors record to 17-11. They wrapped up their regular season at Akron-Westfield on Wednesday. They will then open Class 2A Region 2 tournament first round action at North Union on Wednesday, July 10.

Teams Score By Innings | R-H-E
SPIRIT LAKE 3-0-0-2-2-0-0 | 7-6-2
RIDGE VIEW 1-0-0-8-2-1-x | 12-7-1
Ridge View WP: Zoey Aschinger (4.0 IP), 18 BF, 4 BB, 1 HP, 5K; Spirit Lake LP: Lauren Borthwick (6.0 IP), 35 BF, 7 BB, 2 HP, 4 K.
Ridge View Offensively: Emma Mentzer 2 RBI, SACF; Reese Hawthorne (2-4), double, 4 RBI, RS; Morgan Wright (1-4), RBI, RS; Zoey Aschinger (2-3); Madelyn Horan RS; Brynlee Grieme 2 RS; Savannah Cudabeck RBI, 2 RS; Faith Freese 2 RS; Cora Tesch 2 RS.
Ridge View Batting vs. Spirit Lake: 7-25 .280 AVG.
Ridge View Overall Record: 17-11; Spirit Lake Overall Record: 9-14.

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