TOUCHET - In a rematch of a split doubleheader a week ago, Touchet and Pomeroy faced each other for another twin bill Tuesday with the Southeast 1B's second ticket to the playoffs on the line.
Another split would have led to a single-game playoff between the teams, but this time Touchet left no doubt as the Indians routed Pomeroy 22-2 in the opener and 8-2 in the nightcap to earn a trip to Spokane.
"We just were hitting the ball," Touchet coach Wayne Dickey said. "Our guys showed up ready to hit. We played Pomeroy last week and split and we were a little bit disappointed."
Although Touchet didn't score as many runs in the second game as the opener, it still outhit Pomeroy 12-4.
"I was pleased with that because after a big game like that, the bats can go silent sometimes," Dickey said of his team's offensive production in the nightcap.
Although unable to confirm the opponent (likely Odessa-Harrington), Touchet coach Wayne Dickey said the Indians will play at Spokane's Central Valley High School on May 19, in the first round of the playoffs.
Nate Ortiz, returning from an injury for the first time, was key both on the mound as a reliever and at the plate for Touchet.
"I was pleased to have him back in the lineup," Dickey said. "He was 4-for-7 for the day with four RBIs, so I was really pleased to see him back in the lineup."
Ortiz started in the opener and pitched three innings, leaving with a 18-2 lead. He also pitched a pair of scoreless innings in closing out the nightcap.
Tyler Rensland led the Indians at the plate, however.
"The big hitter for us was Tyler Rensland," Dickey said. "Tyler was 6-for-7 on the day with one double and six RBIs, so he had a really good day."
Touchet improves to 6-9 and 3-5 in the SE1B on the season and faces its alumni squad Saturday at 10 a.m. before heading to Spokane.
Pomeroy 200 00 - 2 5 3
Touchet 477 4X - 22 18 1
Tewalt, Heytvelt (3), McGreevy (4) and McGreevy, Tewalt (3); Ortiz, Goucher (4) and Goble.
HR - none.
Hits - Pom: FitzGerald 2, Smith, Tewalt 2; Tou: Hines 3, E. Martinez, Ortiz 2, Preciado 3, J. Martinez 2, Col. McKeown, Rensland 4, Con. McKeown, Goble.
Pomeroy 000 020 0 - 2 4 0
Touchet 201 113 X - 8 12 2
Tewalt and Heytvelt; Preciado, Ortiz (6) and Goble.
HR - none.
Hits - Pom: FitzGerald, Snyder, Tewalt, Hyer; Tou: Hines, E. Martinez 3, Ortiz 2, Preciado, J. Martinez, Rensland 2, Schack 2.