Touchet baseball sweeps Waitsburg-Prescott

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TOUCHET - Once-beaten Touchet ran its season baseball record to 18-1 here Tuesday by sweeping both ends of a non-league doubleheader from Waitsburg-Prescott, 4-0 and 2-1.

One of the games was originally scheduled a week earlier in Prescott but had been rained out and rescheduled as part of Tuesday's twin bill.

The Indians have one remaining regular-season game - Friday when they entertain an alumni squad at 1 p.m. - before entering the Class 1B Southeast District tournament May 15 in Colfax.

The Indians played perfect defense throughout Tuesday's pair of games, received solid pitching from a quartet of hurlers and took advantage of timely hitting. And they needed it all to get past the Class 2B W-P team.

"I was impressed with Waitsburg-Prescott," Touchet coach Wayne Dickey said. "They played good defense and their pitchers did a good job. These were good games for our guys."

Kelsey Cardwell pitched the distance in the opener, struck out 11, walked four and allowed just two hits. Joe Purdin led off the W-P second inning with a single but Cardwell struck out the next three batters. And Zac Bartlow delivered a one-out double in the sixth and reached third base on a fly-ball out before Cardwell retired the side on another outfield fly.

The Indians, meanwhile, scored single runs in the first, third, fourth and sixth innings.

The first was unearned and the result of W-P's only error of the afternoon. Travis Fowler reached on the miscue, moved around to third on singles by Marshall Byerley and Cardwell and scored when Matt Kates drew a bases-loaded walk.

Byerley was hit by a pitch, stole second base and scored on a Cardwell double for the Indians' third-inning run. In the fourth, Eric Hines doubled and scored on a Cardwell double. And in the sixth, Hines tripled and was chased home by a Cori Ochoa single.

Dickey split up his pitchers in the nightcap, allowing Tuff Goble to work the first three innings, freshman Nate Ortiz the next three and Kates the final frame.

Goble had five strikeouts and no walks during his three-inning stint, allowing a pair of hits. Ortiz had two strikeouts, one walk and yielded three hits, including Lucan Gerke's sixth-inning home run that accounted for W-P's only run of the day. Kates yielded one hit in his one inning of work and collected one strikeout.

The Indians scored their first run of the game in the second inning on back-to-back walks to Cardwell and Kates followed by Eddie Contreras' RBI-double down the left-field line. In the third, Fowler singled, advanced to second on a fielder's choice and scored on Goble's double.

Waitsburg-Prescott outhit Touchet 6-5 in the nightcap and got solid pitching from Dalton Estes and Gerke. Estes went five innings, allowed five hits, walked five and struck out three. Gerke had one walk and one strikeout in his inning of work.

W-P returns to action Saturday in a Class 2B Southeast District doubleheader at Tekoa-Oakesdale-Rosalia beginning at 11 a.m.

First Game

W-P 000 000 0 - 0 2 1

Touchet 101 101 x - 4 7 0

Purdin, Bartlow (4) and Brannock; Cardwell and Byerley.

Hits - W-P: Bartlow, Purdin; Touchet: Fowler, Byerley, Cardwell 2, Hines 2, Ochoa.

Second Game

W-P 000 001 0 - 1 6 0

Touchet 011 000 x - 2 5 0

Estes, Gerke (6) and Brannock; Goble, Oritz (4), Kates (7) and Byerley.

HR - W-P, Gerke.

Hits - W-P: Bartlow, Estes, Gerke, Purdin, Smith, Somers; Touchet: Fowler, Byerley, Goble, Contreras, Ochoa.

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