Indians hold off Bulldogs in baseball battle

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Touchet base runner Cori Ochoa slides safely into third base before the tag of Dayton third baseman Riley Stevens reaches him on an attempted pickoff play Tuesday afternoon.

TOUCHET - Touchet came out on top of a single baseball game with Dayton Tuesday afternoon.

The Indians won, 7-4, in their first game of the year.

The Indians opened the first inning with a single run, which Dayton answered in the top of the second.

Then Touchet plated three runs in the bottom of the second for a 4-1 lead.

Dayton scored again in the third, and was again answered by the Indians.

Touchet's run in the fifth put the Indians up 6-2, but the Bulldogs scored twice in the sixth to make it 6-4.

The Indians put one more on the board in the bottom of the sixth, and closed out the win.

"Both teams played well," said Touchet coach Wayne Dickey. "We each had a couple of errors (two each team) for the first game out, but I was really pleased."

Nate Ortiz pitched the first five innings for the Indians, where he notched five strikeouts, five walks and gave up two runs.

"Defensively, we did OK," Dickey said. "We need to hit the ball a little more. ... But for the first game out we did a good job."

Colton Bickelhaupt, Josh Frame and Lowden Smith split time on the mound for the Bulldogs.

The Indians play at Tri-Cities Prep at 2 p.m. today, in a game rescheduled from Thursday.

Touchet 7, Dayton 4

Dayton 011 002 0 - 4 2 2

Touchet 131 011 x - 7 4 2

Bickelhaupt, Frame (2), Smith (4) and Schlachter. Ortiz, Dodd (6) and Goble.

HR - none.

Hits - Dayton: Bickelhaupt 2, Smith, Stevens. Touchet: Hines, Preciado, Contreras, Martinez.

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