Tigers swing back with Lakes 'W'
Doppenberg drives in four, Wassom keeps average above .600
Spencer did all of its damage in the first two innings and the Tigers swung their way back into the win column Thursday at home, putting up six runs in the first two innings to beat Cherokee 6-3.
"It was a nice bounce back for us," said Spencer head coach Greg Jones. "It was another good game for us. I'll take six runs every night out."
The Tigers fell behind 2-0 on a towering home run to right center field from Cherokee first baseman Lynn Carlson in the top of the first inning.
Spencer starting pitcher Jami Webster gave up just one run and two hits the rest of the way. Cherokee scored its final run in the top of the fourth on an RBI ground out after center fielder Alison Husman led off the inning with a triple.
"It was a good outing for Jami and she got the supporting runs again," Jones commented. "Jami was pretty good going back-to-back nights. We were wondering how she would do and she did OK. When she's fresh, she keeps it coming pretty good."
As they have throughout the start of the season, the Tigers came out swinging in their first plate appearance, scoring three runs on three hits to assume a 3-2 lead.
With Kylee Rhode and Delaney Fedderson on base following a hit by pitch and an error, shortstop Emily Wassom put the Tigers on the board with an RBI single to left center. Senior catcher Liz Doppenberg followed with an RBI ground out and Webster helped herself out one batter later, putting Spencer on top with a run-scoring single to left.
Kellie Carstens added a 2-out, bases empty triple, but was stranded on third.
"We gave up that homer in the first inning, but we didn't miss a beat when we came up to the plate," Jones commented. "We got the momentum back on our side.
"We're coming into each game believing we're going win. I think it's just a lot of confidence," Jones added, referring the the early-inning success of his offense this season.
The Tigers loaded the bases with two outs in the second on two singles and a walk. Doppenberg drove everyone home with one swing, knocking a 3-run double to left center.
Spencer recorded two hits the rest of the way on back-to-back singles from Ali Garman and Mackenzie Kabrick in the sixth.
"Late in the game, we put in some pinch hitters and three of the four got on base," Jones pointed out. "I was glad to see those four kids come up and have some good at-bats."
Webster allowed three runs on four hits in a complete game win. She struck out seven and walked three.
Cherokee starter Kelsey Ludwig walked one and struck out two.
Doppenberg finished 1-for-2 with four RBI. Wassom increased her average to .609, going 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI. Lindsey Woock went 1-for-2 with a run.
Spencer improves to 10-2 overall, 5-1 in the Lakes Conference with the win. The Tigers will compete in the Bulldog Softball Classic today in Le Mars.