TOUCHET - Nicole Brown posted a one-hit shutout here Thursday as the Touchet Indians tossed fourth-place Lacrosse-Washtucna from the playoffs in a 12-0 mercy-rule-shortened Southeast 1B softball playoff drubbing.
Brown gave up a single to the second batter she faced, L-W catcher Gladys Martinez, then set down the next 14 Tigercats in order to end it.
"Nicole threw an awfully good game," Touchet coach Gary Dorman said. "She threw a lot of strikes today and (the Tigercats) are just not used to her faster pitching. There is not a lot of faster pitching in our league. It's a huge disadvantage for teams to come in here and make the adjustment."
Every Touchet player registered a hit in the game, but offensively the day belonged to Megan Reed. The Indian leadoff batter went 3-for-4 with two doubles and four RBIs.
The Indians started slowly on offense, registering just one legitimate hit - an Alex Sasser single - in their first trip through the batting order. But the Indians figured out soft-throwing Kirsten Stubbs after that, roughing her up for seven hits and four walks in their next 21 at bats.
"You've got to wait and wait just a little bit more," Dorman said. "It takes a little adjustment going from fast (pitching) to slow, too. It takes one time through the lineup to get adjusted to the pitching speed. It's all about timing."
The victory guarantees the Indians a trip to the regional playoffs in Medical Lake. Their next game, however, will be Friday in Washtucna against the winner of today's Colton versus St. John-Endicott game.
Colton was the Southeast 1B co-champion along with Touchet. Touchet and Colton split an April doubleheader in the previous meeting between the two teams.
The winner of Friday's game will be guaranteed a trip to the state playoffs. The loser must win its first game at regionals to earn a trip to state.
"I told the girls the real second season starts now," said Dorman. "You don't face any (more) mediocre teams. The teams are all there, because they deserve to be there. The competition will pick up and our level of play needs to pick up too."
The Class 1B state softball playoffs take place May 28-29 in Yakima.
L-W 000 00 - 0 1 3
Touchet 133 5x - 12 11 0
Stubbs and Martinez; Brown and C. Kessler.
HR - none
Hits - L-W: Martinez; Tou: Reed 3, Cantrell, Weaver, C. Kessler, Brown, Jaspersen, Warner, Samuel, Sasser.