COLTON - Nothing says spring softball season like a snowstorm.
After two snow delays, Touchet's softball team managed to wrap up its first Southeast 1B game of the year with a 6-1 loss, and the second game was called after just one inning with snow piling up.
"You can't believe how hard it snowed," said Touchet coach Gary Dorman. "By the third time we had to stop (during game two), it had just started dumping. It was typical March weather, in April."
Touchet hurler Nicole Brown struggled from the circle, throwing with cold hands throughout the game, which was in the mid-30s.
"When you throw as hard as Nicole does, and she's more of a power pitcher, you have to be able to get a good grip on the ball, and the whole game long she had issues with grip and good control," Dorman said.
Brown did strike out 13 batters, but it wasn't enough for the win. Of Colton's six runs, only one was earned.
"It was a long day for Nicole," Dorman said. "She battled and never gave up. She pitched well. We just couldn't get any offense going behind her."
And Colton's defense was solid.
"We hit the ball right on the money several times and they made the plays," Dorman said.
The Indians' lone run was scored in the top of the seventh with two lead-off singles, then a two-out single off Cheyenne Kentch to score Josi Sewell.
But Colton clamped down and got out of the inning.
The loss moves the Indians to 6-3 overall and 0-1 in league. They play a doubleheader Wednesday at DeSales.
Colton 6, Touchet 1
Touchet 000 000 1 - 1 6 3
Colton 103 200 0 - 6 4 1
Brown and Sewell; Nygreen and Kramer.
Hits - Touchet: Kentch, Brown, Sasser, Sewell, Sturm 2. Colton: Moser, Nygreen, Kramer, Weber.