DAYTON - Kelsey Cardwell collected three hits and five RBIs as visiting Touchet built a 12-0 lead after two-and-a-half innings and coasted to a 17-10 victory over Dayton in non-conference baseball action here Monday afternoon.
The triumph in the three-hour marathon lifted the defending Class 1B state runner-up, which opened its season last week with one-run wins over Liberty Christian and Weston-McEwen, to 3-0 on the season.
"So far, the kids are doing OK," Touchet coach Wayne Dickey said.
Monday's contest was the 2010 opener for the Bulldogs, who's roster includes 10 freshmen, four eighth graders and a trio of sophomores. All but one of the eighth graders started Monday's game.
"I'm not going to use that as an excuse," Dayton coach Sal Benavides said. "We're going to try to compete with these guys. Hopefully, we'll get better every game."
"One eighth grader, Lowden Smith, pitched three innings and allowed one hit, and he had two hits and three RBIs," Benavides said. "And (eighth grader) Logan Hays did a good job at first base. Then we moved him behind the plate, and he did a good job there."
Touchet, which scored at least one in every inning, commenced its run rampage with five tallies in the first frame. Tuff Goble opened the scoring with an RBI double that kissed the base of the right-field fence.
Cardwell clutched up in the second inning and bounced a two-run single through the left side of the Bulldogs' infield to up the Indians' lead to 7-0.
Jake Hodnefield and Zach McMackin stroked run-scoring singles in the third and Cardwell contributed a bases-loaded double to left to establish a 12-0 Touchet advantage.
Dayton put up four runs on three hits in its half of inning three. Smith and Devin Perales pushed runs across with singles and Wyatt Frame capped the rally when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
"I thought they were going to 10-run us," Benavides said. "By the (third) inning, I wondered if we'd get a hit."
Both teams added single runs in the fourth and fifth innings.
The Indians increased their lead to 16-6 with a pair of runs in the sixth. Goble brought home the latter score with a sacrifice fly to right.
Dayton avoided the 10-run mercy rule by scoring one run in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Touchet's last run of the game came on a wild pitch in the seventh inning.
The Bulldogs put up three runs in their final at-bat. Smith socked a double to right that plated two runs and Perales batted an RBI two-bagger to left.
The Indians and Dayton combined to use nine pitchers on the day - with Touchet using five hurlers.
"This (game) gave us an opportunity to use a lot of pitchers," Dickey said. "We're pleased with what they're doing.
"Dayton is going to be OK" he continued. "Sal does a good job with them. They'll come along."
Touchet travels to Mac-Hi for a single game Thursday. The Bulldogs host Asotin for a doubleheader Saturday.
Touchet 525 112 1 - 17 8 8
Dayton 004 111 3 - 10 6 6
Goble, Cardwell (3), Ortiz (3), Martinez (4), Kates (7) and Byerley, McMackin (3). Bickelhaupt, Smith (3), Fullerton (6), Perales (7) and Stevens, Hays (3).
HR - none.
Hits - Touchet: Cardwell 3, Goble 2, Rodriguez, Hodnefield, McMackin. Dayton: Smith 2, Perales 2, Lambert, Bickelhaupt.