Indians down Bulldogs, remain undefeated

Touchet's baseball team improves to 12-0 on the season with the 11-1 victory over Dayton.

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TOUCHET - Touchet made the most of its six hits here in non-league baseball action Tuesday.

The Indians took advantage of six walks, five Dayton errors and six hits to stay unbeaten with an 11-1 win.

The victory improves Touchet to 12-0 on the season and gets a five-game week for the Indians off on a winning note.

Dayton's Colton Bickelhaupt led off the game and reached on a catcher's interference.

Bickelhaupt stole second and went to third on the play as the throw went into center field.

Lowden Smith got an RBI ground ball to Touchet's Eric Hines at second for the first out, and Bickelhaupt scored on the play.

Bickelhaupt, Dayton's starting pitcher, made that run stand up until the third.

Two Bulldog errors and RBI singles from Travis Fowler and Tuff Goble produced a 4-1 Indian lead after three.

Touchet starting pitcher, freshman Nate Ortiz, held the Bulldogs hitless through his four innings of work and struck out six.

Hayden Fullerton, Joey Schlachter and Isiah Lambert drew walks to load the bases with one-out in the Dayton second, but Ortiz, who returned from a burn accident over the weekend, retired the next seven consecutive Dayton hitters on his way to four scoreless innings of work.

"He did a good job once he settled down," Touchet coach Wayne Dickey said of Ortiz. "He's got a good breaking ball and if he can get in a zone, he'll do a good job for us in the future."

Touchet put this one away with a six-spot on one hit in the home fourth.

The Bulldogs made two errors and issued four walks to help the Indian cause. Joey Weber's sac fly plated the first run of the rally, and Fowler collected the lone Indian safety when he ripped a three-run double off the left field fence. Touchet led 10-1 after four.

"Unfortunately, it's the same old story," Bulldog coach Sal Benavides said. "We've just got to make the plays. We've got to eliminate the mental mistakes.

"Colton (Bickelhaupt) threw pretty well," Benavides added. "There were a lot of outs out there that could've stopped the rally. That (errors) has been killing us all year."

Weber collected his second RBI with a fifth-inning single to knock in Fowler, who collected his third hit of the game leading off the Touchet fifth and invoked the 10-run rule, ending the game with the 11-1 final.

"We finally got the bats going a little bit," Dickey said of the Touchet attack. "We need to get his (Fowler's) bat going and it was good to see (it tonight). (Then,) the guys did all right defensively. Hopefully, we can continue to play that kind of game."

Touchet hosts Pomeroy in a doubleheader at 3 p.m. today.

Dayton goes in search of its first win at Prescott Saturday in a league double bill with Waitsburg-Prescott.

"I'm not giving up on them," Benavides said. "I tip my hat to those kids. It's got to be frustrating for them, but nobody's quit and they keep coming. We're not done yet. We'll keep battling."

Dayton 100 00 - 1 0 5

Touchet 004 61 - 11 6 1

Bickelhaupt, Fullerton (4), Smith (5) and Schlachter; Ortez, Martinez (4) and Byerley.

HR - none.

Hits - Dayton: none; Touchet: Fowler 3, Goble, Byerley, Weber.

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