TOUCHET - The Touchet softball team battled through severe gusts and sideways winds to lay a 12-1, mercy-rule thumping on Liberty Christian in Southeast 1B-2B interleague play Tuesday.
Starting pitcher Nicole Brown had 10 strikeouts for the Indians before the match was called in the fifth inning, and also had two hits on the evening.
The entire Indian lineup recorded hits. Touchet's Kristen Warner was 3-for-3 at the plate, including a triple in the third inning. Morgan Cardwell led Touchet with three RBIs, followed by Harlie Schafer and Alex Sasser with two RBIs apeice.
"Everybody got a hit," Touchet coach Gary Dorman said. "Up and down the lineup, the kids were aggressive and hit the ball well."
Dorman said the team wasn't too upset the game was called.
"There were very strong gusts of wind and cold intermittent rain that was coming down sideways, it was miserable," Dorman said. "I think both teams were not disappointed when the 10-run rule was called in the fifth because of the weather conditions. It was cold."
After opening the game with a six-run burst in the first inning, the Indians were held scoreless until Kristen Warner's leadoff triple in the third led to a run scored. The Patriots managed a run in response in the fourth, but Touchet brought the match to an early end with five runs scored in the fifth.
The Indians shelled Liberty Christian for six consecutive singles in the fifth, starting with a ringer by Josie Sewell. Warner, Morgan Downing, Megan Kromm, Melissa Creek and Sasser all had hits in the run, with Sasser's two RBIs pushing the Indians past a 10-run lead to enact the mercy rule.
The victory was Touchet's first game of the season.
The Indians host Weston-McEwen in a non-league match Thursday at 4 p.m.
Touchet 12, Liberty Christian 1
Liberty Christian 000 10 - 1 2 3
Touchet 601 05 - 12 17 1
Peterson and Croskey; Brown and Sewell.
HR - none.
Hits - Lib: Peterson, Williams. Tou: Creek, Sasser 2, Bishop 2, Brown 2, Sewell, Warner 3, Cardwell 2, Downing, Sturm, Kromm, Schaffer.