Touchet baseball wins two

Indians pitcher Tuff Goble allows three hits and one run in the first of two wins over the Wildcats.


TOUCHET - The Touchet Indians' Tuff Goble pitched a complete game three-hitter, while allowing one run and striking out 12 batters, against the Colton Wildcats to win, 9-1, here Friday afternoon.

In the nightcap, Kelsy Cardwell likewise went the distance on the mound as Touchet batters walked 12 times and had eight hits in a 12-8 victory.

"Goble threw a good ballgame," Indians coach Wayne Dickey said. "His fastball was working, his curve was good and he threw his slider too."

Goble also got the first RBI for the Indians in the bottom of the fifth.

"That hit was ripped right up the middle," Dickey said. "He hit that one hard."

The rally started on a hit-by-pitch by Jake Hodnefield, followed by a sacrifice bunt by Byerley and the line drive by Goble to plate the run.

The second out was recorded before four straight Indians - Matt Kates, Gustavo Rodriguez, Travis Fowler and Eric Hines - walked.

Hines and Fowler were credited with RBIs on the free passes.

Wildcat pitcher Taylor Spence was relieved after the walks.

"I think that their starting pitcher got tired," Dickey said. "Up to that point in the game, he had pitched well. If he doesn't tire, it could have been nip and tuck the rest of the game."

Josh Straughan came on to pitch for Colton with two outs in the fifth.

Cory Ochoa of Touchet singled home one more run before the rally was complete, and the Indians were ahead 4-0.

Colton answered back in the top of the sixth with a run on two hits and an Indian error.

Touchet faced another new pitcher in the bottom of the sixth, Bricyn Abdul, who also had control problems.

Abdul surrendered five Touchet walks and gave up a double and single on the way to five more runs for the Indians.

Goble finished strong for Touchet, striking out the side in the final inning of work.

In the second game, The Wildcats jumped out on the Indians early, scoring two runs in both the first and second innings.

"Kelsy really struggled in the beginning," Dickey said. "They hit the ball hard early all over the field. Then Kelsy he settled down and pitched like I know he can after we got some runs."

The score was 7-0 Wildcats after their half of the third inning, behind five doubles.

The bottom of the fourth saw the Indians rally with five runs of their own.

Marshall Byerley's single was followed by a groundout to short. A strikeout in which the Wildcat catcher dropped the third strike and threw wildly to first base, allowed the runner to reach first.

A walk to Matt Kates was followed by a single by Rodriguez and a line shot single by Fowler, and the Indians were in business with three runs.

A walk to Nate Ortiz, an out and then a 3-1 count to Hodnefield knocked out the Wildcat pitcher, Josh Straughan. Holdan Druffel relieved Straughan walked Hodnefield to score the fourth Touchet run. The fifth run was balked in by Druffel before he recorded the final out of the inning.

Cardwell set down the Wildcats in order the next inning.

The Indians completed their comeback in their half of the fifth inning, scoring seven runs on three hits, four walks and two hit-by-pitches.

Control problems ended the night for Holdan Druffle halfway through the inning, giving way to Chase Druffel.

"The team came back again," Dickey said. "I felt they could do that. Their pitchers got tired and we took advantage of that."

The two wins on the afternoon left the Indians 6-0 overall, 2-0 in league.

First Game

Colton 000 001 0 - 1 3 0

Touchet 000 045 0 - 9 7 1

Spence, Straughan (5), Abdul (6) and Jacobs. Goble and Byerley.

HR - none.

Hits - Colton: C. Druffel 2, Tietsen. Touchet: Byerley 3, Rodriguez, Goble 2, Ochoa, Hodnefield.

Second Game

Colton 220 300 1 - 8 10 1

Touchet 000 570 0 - 12 7 4

Straughan, H. Druffel (4), C. Druffel (5) and Abdul, Jacobs (4). Cardwell and Byerley.

HR - none.

Hits - Colton: B. Druffel, Abdul 2, Lutskas 2, Tietsen, Spence, C. Druffel 2, Straughan.

Touchet: Rodriguez 2, Byerley 2, Fowler, Goble, Kates.


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