TOUCHET - Touchet rode two big rallies to pick up a 17-2 mercy-rule win over Liberty Christian at Joe Weber Memorial softball field here Thursday in its first game of the season.
The Indians got on the scoreboard in the second inning, bringing in two runs on two hits, a walk and a Patriot error.
The Indians then pummeled the Patriots with nine runs in the bottom of the third. Liberty Christian hurt itself with five errors, while Touchet had three hits and two walks.
Patriot pitcher Kiersten Peterson struck out two Touchet batters late in the inning to close the inning, after the Indians had batted around and amassed an 11-0 lead.
Liberty Christian found the scoreboard in the top of the fourth, but it wasn't enough as the Indians batted through the lineup again, scoring six more runs for a 17-2 lead that stood.
The Patriots had three fielding errors and three hits, and gave up three walks, in the fourth inning.
Touchet left fielder Alex Sasser and catcher Melissa Creek each had a pair of two-RBI singles to pace Touchet's eight-hit attack for the game.
Sasser knocked in two runs in the third and one in the second with her base hits.
Creek had two RBI, one in the second and one in the third.
Taylor Jasperson also knocked in two runs, off an RBI single and an RBI groundout.
Shelboy Gould wrapped up scoring for the Indians, hitting an RBI groundout in a pinch-hit appearance in the bottom of the fourth.
Touchet pitcher Nicole Brown threw four innings. She gave up two unearned runs on two base hits and struck out eight in the Indian win. Brown also walked twice and had an RBI single.
"Nicole did a nice job," Touchet coach Gary Dorman said. "She did a really good job. It was her first outing on the mound this season and she looked good."
Brown gave up two hits, both hard ground balls just out of the reach of her infielders. A passed ball prevented both runs from being earned, one scoring on the passed ball and the other scoring on a bean ball, two at-bats later with the bases loaded in the top of the fourth.
Touchet freshman Makayla Bishop pitched the top of the fifth, allowing one hit and striking out one.
"Makayla looked good," Dorman said. "It was her first varsity action and she did a nice job. She threw strikes and that is the main thing."
Peterson struck out three for the Patriots while struggling with control problems. She had six free passes and just as many wild pitches.
The Indians were aided by nine Liberty Christian errors, though many of those served to put runners on base. Touchet was able to get clutch hits when it needed them and keep the pressure on, Dorman said.
"Our kids were aggressive at the plate," Dorman said. "We were swinging at strikes and putting the ball in play."
Eight of the 17 runs were knocked with an RBI and several others were scored by stolen bases, wild pitches or passed balls.
Touchet scored two runs on wild pitches and advanced up bases on four others. Another run was scored on a passed ball from Liberty Christian. The other six runs were scored advancing on throwing or catching errors by the Patriots.
The Indians swiped four bases, two by speedy center fielder Jessica Morris.
"One of the things that we have talked about in practice is being aggressive on the base paths. You'll get thrown out sometimes but you never know if you'll make it or not unless you try," Dorman said.
The Indians were gunned down zero times attempting to advance the extra base either on the hit or on the stolen base, passed ball or wild pitch.
The Indians, 1-0 on the season, come to the Wa-Hi Jamboree Saturday at Murr Field. They'll play three innings against DeSales and three against Wa-Hi starting at noon.
Dorman is looking forward to it.
"The jamboree this weekend will be a whole lot of fun against two real quality teams," he said.
Touchet 17, Liberty Christian 2
Liberty Christian 000 20 - 2 3 9
Touchet 029 6X - 17 8 0
LC: Peterson and Williams, M., Croskrey (4). Tou: Brown, Bishop (5) and Creek, Sewell (5).
HR - none.
Hits - LC: Williams, M., Peterson, Shaw. Tou: Brown, Sewell, Creek 2, Sasser 2, Jaspersen, Schaeffer.