WALLA WALLA - Touchet baseball took two wins over St. John-Endicott here Friday.
The first win, 7-3, was played on a beautiful day at the Walla Walla Community College field. The nightcap was turning into a blowout, at 15-4, when it was called after the fourth inning on weather.
"We knew going in that St. John-Endicott was a pretty good team, and with Mason Val Lith, we knew we'd get a pretty well-pitched game," said Touchet couch Wayne Dickey of the first game. "We would have to earn our runs, and that turned out to be true."
Jake Hodnefield opened Touchet's turn at-bat in the first inning with a triple, and one out later Marshall Byerley nailed a homerun over the left fence to score both of them.
"That was a great way to start," Dickey said.
Touchet pitcher Tuff Goble allowed all of the Eagles' three runs and four hits in the first three innings.
By the end of the game, he'd settled down.
"He struggled early with getting into his zone, and by the fourth he only faced three hitters per inning, and it was a 1-2-3 out each time," Dickey said. "He really pitched out."
Goble had two RBIs in the third, bringing Hodnefield and Travis Fowler home on a long single. Fowler brought Gus Rodriguez home in the fourth with a double that bounced off the left-field fence, and Hodnefield brought Rodriguez home again in the fifth to close out all scoring.
Eagles' pitcher Mason Vol Lith was responsible for all Eagles' scores when he was at bat, running in Ben Harrison in the first and hitting a two-RBI double in the third, bringing home Harrison again and a steal-happy Cole McCanna on his heels.
The first game was a fun one, Dickey said. The teams were well-matched.
But in the second game, Touchet ran away.
Hodnefield and Fowler hit an single RBI apiece in the second inning for 2-0 Touchet, but bats got busy in the third.
Touchet had a 10-run inning, with every batter on their list hitting twice except for Fowler and Byerley. Hodnefield, Fowler, Goble, Kelsey Cardwell, Matt Kates, Eddy Contreras and Nate Ortiz all contributed RBIs in that inning.
Touchet players got to base on balls four times that inning.
Now down 12-2, the Eagles put up two in their part of the fourth for an eight-run deficit, with a steal home by Trevor Johnson and an RBI by Evan Raymar. But Touchet scored three more in the fourth, including a two-run double by Rodriguez. At 15-4, Touchet had an 11-point lead and the Eagles had one more chance at bat before the mercy rule kicked in.
Whether the Eagles' could come back won't be known, as the wind picked up and lightening was sighted in the rapidly darkening sky. The game was called on lightening and rain about 10 minutes after the first bolt and when rain started to pour.
The combination of weather and the 10-run mercy rule ended the game, and it should count in the record books, Dickey said.
"Overall they did a good job today, hopefully we can continue swinging bats the way they are," he said. "Our pitching is getting better and we're playing good defense."
The Indians are 11-0 for the season.
SJ-E 102 000 0 - 3 4 1
Touchet 202 210 x - 7 10 1
Van Lith and McCanna. Goble and Byerley.
HR - Touchet 1: Byerley.
Hits - SJ-E: Harrison, Van Lith, West, Johnson. Touchet: Hodnefield 2, Byerley 2, Fowler, Goble, Cardwell, Kates, Rodriguez, Hines.
SJ-E 002 2x - 4 7 2
Touchet 02(10) 3 - 15 12 0
Rice, Johnson (3), Schluneger (4) and West, McCanna (3). Cardwell and Byerley.
Hits - SJ-E: McCanna 2, Harrison, Johnson, Bennett, Raymar, Schluneger. Touchet: Hodnefield, Fowler 2, Byerley, Goble 2, Cardwell, Kates 2, Ortiz, Ochoa, Contrera.