CLARKSTON - Touchet's softball season ended with a 10-8 2B playoff loss to Garfield-Palouse here Thursday.
Every Indian on the card got a hit in the loss, with lone senior Taylor Jasperson going 5-for-5 at the plate, bringing home two runs.
But the Indians' defense couldn't hold it in, giving up seven errors - five in the six-run third inning alone, when the Vikings got just one hit off Touchet ace Nicole Brown.
The trip to playoffs was more than Touchet head coach Gary Dorman expected.
"One of the things we talked about after the game was that, as far as a progression of skills and the learning of the game and whatnot, from the first couple until now ... The kids have just grown by leaps and bounds," Dorman said. "Even the kids who haven't been on the field have shown so much improvement. I'm optimistic for next year."
Touchet was up 5-0 heading into the third inning. But Touchet's five errors and a dropped third strike put the Vikings ahead 6-5.
"I've seen stuff like that, but never up close and personal," Dorman said. "It was just a ‘wheels falling off the wagon' situation. It was painful to watch."
Down by one, the Indians still had a chance.
But Gar-Pal posted four more in the fourth for a 10-5 lead.
"Every once in a while you have an inning like that," Dorman said of the third. "But the next inning they were at it again. We had a hit batter, two quick outs and two more errors, and they had four more runs."
The Indians had two of their own in the bottom of the fourth and one in the seventh, but it wasn't enough.
"It comes back to growing up," Dorman said. "We had four freshmen and two sophomores, and they tried their hearts out, but there were errors of inexperience. It's a tough lesson to learn."
For Jasperson, it wrapped her time as an Indian.
"She had a phenomenal game," Dorman said of the senior. "She had the start of a double play for us ... she just didn't want her season to end, that was clear. And she had some good leadership out there. She never lost patience with the younger kids. Even yesterday, she was always propping them up and helping in every way she could. I'm real proud of her.
"I'm proud of all the kids. No one got down on each other and they battled back. Sometimes it's just not meant to be and that's the way she goes. We'll be back next year."
Gar-Pal 10, Touchet 8
Gar-Pal 006 400 0 - 10 9 2
Touchet 050 200 1 - 8 15 7
Emily Withuhm and Erin Withuhm; Brown and Sewell.
Hits - Gar-Pal: Emily Withuhm 2, Erin Withuhm, Woltering 2, Pfaff, Johnson 2, C. Martin. Touchet: Jasperson 5, Sasser, Brown 2, Warner, Creek, Sewell, Bishop, Sturm, Schaeffer 3.