Weston-McEwen hands Touchet 10-1 defeat

The two teams finally open the season after weather causes multiple postponements.

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TOUCHET - The Weston-McEwen TigerScots baseball team smacked five hits - four for doubles - and walked six times en route to a 10-1 victory over the Touchet Indians here Thursday afternoon.

It was a non-league affair and the season opener for both teams. It was originally slated to be played in Athena, but wet fields led to the game being in Touchet.

Each team had already had four cancellations due to weather conditions.

"For the first game, it is good to finally get out on the field and hit well," Weston-McEwen coach T.J. Haguewood said. "We haven't had too many outdoor practices, just a lot of time in the cage.

"Live pitching has been hard to come by because we haven't been able to play on our field due to weather conditions."

The game came down to big hits by the TigerScots and no clutch hitting by the Indians.

"We got some runners on base in several innings today," Touchet coach Wayne Dickey said. "We just didn't come through in the clutch. Their pitching did a nice job. We hung in there, but never really did get to them.

"I was disappointed with the offense today and the guys were disappointed with the way they swung the bats," he said. "Hopefully, we'll swing the bats a little better in the near future."

The Indians loaded the sacks in the bottom of the first inning with no outs. A strikeout and double play later, they were left empty handed.

In the top of that first inning, the TigerScots got doubles from Elliot Salter and Dallas Reich. Both players came around to score before the end of the frame.

W-M struck again in the top of the second inning, using two base-on-balls and two errors to score two more runs, both unearned.

The TigerScots were up 4-0 heading into the bottom of the second when the Indians scored their only run of the game.

Colter McKeown singled, followed by two walks and one error for the unearned run.

Both starting pitchers made it about three innings on the mound. Officially, Touchet's starter, Eric Hines, pitched three innings and W-M's starter, Dallas Reich, 2 2/3 innings.

Reich gave up the unearned run, one hit, walked six and struck out three. Hines gave up four runs - two earned - and struck out two.

Reich got the first two outs quickly in the bottom of the third before walking the bases loaded, and he was lifted for reliever Calvin Thacker.

Thacker got out of the second bases-loaded jam of the day for the TigerScots with a groundout on a 3-2 count.

The top of the fourth inning saw Indians sophomore Damien Goucher take the mound. Goucher was greeted immediately by a blast for a double off the bat of W-M's Michael Guerrero.

Goucher then recorded an out before Salter and Thacker walked. Reich singled in two runs and Bond walked before Riley Sederburg recorded two RBIs on a sacrifice fly to right field.

The walk to Bond and the unusual two-RBI sac fly for Sederburg came against the second new pitcher of the inning, Octavio Preciado.

The right fielder for the Indians made a diving catch on the Sederburg fly and was slow to get the ball in. The W-M runners tagged up at second and third, both being able to score narrowly at home plate.

The fifth run of the inning scored on an RBI single by Jerad Croswell.

Four of the five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning were charged to Goucher, and Preciado pitched through the fifth inning before Dickey gave his two top starters some work in the sixth and seventh innings.

"Pitching-wise," Dickey said, "Eric Hines hung in there and did alright. Damien (Goucher), a sophomore, really struggled and then Octavio came into to do alright. The last two guys (Nate Ortiz and Alex Ochoa) pitched one inning apiece because they will be our starters this weekend in our league-opening doubleheader against Colton at home."

In relief of Thacker was Salter, who pitched two scoreless inning with four strikeouts.

At the plate, Salter had a double and two walks.

Colter McKeown was the offensive star for the Indians with two walks and a single.

The Indians walked 10 times as a team, and the TigerScots six.

The TigerScots pitching staff wriggled off the bases loaded hook one more time in the game, with the sacks loaded and one out in the bottom of the fifth.

A strikeout and flyout kept the Indians off the scoreboard once again.

W-M tacked on a 10th run in the sixth inning to make the final score, a nine-run deficit. Thacker doubled and came around to score on a fielder's choice and error.

The nine-run outburst for the TigerScots made Haguewood proud.

"The timing was off on some of our hitters," he said, "but every pitch was another chance to succeed. Guys made adjustments and hit the ball well today."

W-M (1-0) plays again Monday in Riverside versus Kennedy at 10 a.m. in tournament play.

The Indians (0-1) play Saturday at home in a league doubleheader against Colton, slated to start at 11 a.m.

Weston-McEwen 10, Touchet 1

Weston-McEwen 220 501 0 - 10 5 2

Touchet 010 000 0 - 1 3 5

Reich, C. Thacker (3), Salter (6) and Salter, C. Thacker (6). Hines, Goucher (4), Preciado (4), Ortiz (6), Ochoa (7) and Ortiz, McKeown (4).

HR - none.

Hits - W-M: Reich 2, Salter, Schuening, Guerrero. Tou: Preciado, McKeown, Ortiz.

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