Touchet denied state crown

Although Touchet posts a fifth-inning rally, it wasn't enough as the Indians lose to Colton in the 1B championship Saturday.

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It was a little too little a little too late for Touchet as Taylor Jasperson covered home after the bunt but got the throw from the out to firth base a little late. Colton's Grace Druffel scored on the sixth inning play to make the score 4-0.

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Tears fell from Taylor Jasperson's eyes as she stood with teammates and watched the State Championship trophy handed to Colton players following the Indians' 5-2 loss Saturday afternoon.

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Touchet's Megan Reed, background, signals one down after second baseman Meghan Cantrell tagged Colton's Haley Moser out and goes for two to first. The attempted double came up a little late.

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Alex Sasser (front) comforts a tearful senior Haley Owens as she leaves the softball diamond for the final time following the Touchet Indians' State 1B Championship loss to Colton Saturday afternoon in Yakima. Although the Indians rallied for two runs in the seventh, it wasn't enough in the 5-2 loss and a second place at State.

YAKIMA - When good pitching meets good hitting, sometimes good pitching wins.

But not Saturday, when the Touchet Indians lost to Colton, 5-1, in the 1B State Championship softball game in Yakima.

Colton senior pitcher Kelsey Moser - who gave up two runs in a complete game-victory and had three hits to help herself out, including a home run.

Moser's pitching and hitting was more than the Indians could handle, as Touchet lost the championship, 5-2.

"We've face Kelsey several times this year," Dorman said. "All five times against them actually, and she is really a quality pitcher and did a fine job."

The Indians fought hard until the very end against Moser, with a two-out rally in the seventh, scoring two runs on a Cheyenne Kessler single. Kessler was stranded on second after Nicole Brown was hit by a pitch, bringing Jasperson to the plate.

Jaspersen put a good swing on 0-1 pitch, but flew to left field for the final out.

Alex Sasser singled to start the rally in the seventh, followed by a Reed line drive that one-hopped over the left-field fence for a ground-rule double.

Touchet left the tying run in the batter's box and on the afternoon.

The Indians stranded nine girls in the effort.

"We waited too long to start really swinging the bats," Touchet coach Gary Dorman said. "But that is the way it goes sometimes. We had plenty of opportunities but few results."

Touchet and Colton proved their worth, facing each other nine times in the season, with Colton ahead, 4-1. Two of those games went to extra innings and all were competitive.

Freshman pitcher Reed and sophomore Brown shared the circle for Touchet. Reed went 4 1/3 innings, and Brown 1 2/3. Reed gave four hits, three runs, walked two and struck out two. Brown gave up two hits, two runs - both unearned - and no walks.

"Reed and Brown both did real well," Dorman said. "Especially for being underclassmen. They are building blocks for the future, too."

A Touchet error at right field - missing a fly ball - gave Colton two unearned runs in the sixth.

Without those unearned insurance runs for Colton, it might've had a different outcome.

Touchet's only other error was in the first inning.

The ball got past the Indians first baseman and rolled to right field. The relay from the right fielder, Tierra Kessler, to the first basemen, Kristen Warner, to the plate caught the base runner trying to run all the way around the bases and score on the misplay of the pickoff.

"The girls did a real good job," Dorman said. "I'm real proud of them. We just came up against a good team that beat us. Colton is well-coached and well-versed, too."

Dorman will lose four seniors next season. Zoe Weaver, Tierra Kessler, Meghan Cantrell and Haley Owens will graduate in June.

Colton 5, Touchet 2

Touchet 000 000 2 - 2 5 2

Colton 200 012 x - 5 7 2

Reed, Brown (5) and C. Kessler. Moser and Kramer.

HR - Colton: Moser.

Hits - Touchet: Cantrell, Sasser, C. Kessler, Reed, Jaspersen. Colton: Moser 3, Weber 2, Nygreen, Druffel

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