CHEROKEE — After Le Mars Community took a three-run lead in the top of the sixth inning, Class 3A No. 14 Cherokee responded for four runs in the bottom of the frame to come away with a 6-5 victory on Monday.
An RBI double from JeMae Nichols in the second and an RBI single from Kassidy Pingel in the second gave the Braves an early lead. Le Mars tied the game in the fourth inning with a pair of runs. Brook Berkenpas reached on a leadoff walk and came around to score on an error by the catcher after Kady Leusink flew out to the shortstop. Katelyn Raymond reached on a double later in the inning and scored on an error off the bat of Emily Carlson to the second baseman.
Eight batters came to the plate in the sixth inning for the Bulldogs as three runs scored. Leusink led off with a double and scored on a single from Raymond. She scored on an Annie Ellis fielder’s choice. Brooke Haage followed with a single and both Ellis and Haage scored as Jenn Schneider reached via error on a throw to first by the second baseman.
Five singles led to four runs in the bottom of the sixth for Cherokee as the Braves figured out Berkenpas in the inning. She took the loss with all six runs being earned and charged to her.
Lindsay Williams threw the win for Cherokee with just one of the five runs she allowed being earned.
Le Mars 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 5
Cherokee 0 1 1 0 0 4 x 6
Le Mars: Hits- 8; Walks- 2; 2B- Raymond, Leusink; 3B- None; HR- None; RBI- Raymond; Pitching: Brook Berkenpas (L)- 6 IP, 10 H, 6 ER, 4 Ks, 1 BB;