TOUCHET - Touchet advanced to the District 9 softball championship game and earned a ticket to state after shutting out visiting Garfield-Palouse Tuesday in the district tournament, 4-0.
The Indians (14-4) jumped on the Vikings early with a pair of runs in the first and another in the third - more than enough run support for Touchet starting pitcher Nicole Brown, who gave up just two hits over seven innings.
Touchet coach Gary Dorman gave credit to the Indian defense for the row of goose eggs.
"Nicole Brown - she didn't have a lot of strikeouts (4), but we played a much better game defensively behind her," Dorman said. "In the heat, Nicole really showed up for seven innings and did a good job for us, as did everybody. It was a total team effort for us."
Leadoff batter Melissa Creek was 3-for-3 for the day at the plate and picked up a walk in her other appearance. She had five stolen bases on the day, including one in the opening rally.
"That (stolen bases) really makes it tough on the other team, especially when it's your leadoff runner (Creek)," Dorman said. "When you get your leadoff runner on and she comes around to score, that sets a pretty good tone for the day."
Touchet advances to the championship round of the District 9 tournament Saturday. With the victory over Gar-Pal, the Indians are already into the state playoffs, and because the pairings for the state tournament are determined by a blind draw, Saturday's game with either Pomeroy or Colton is for little more than pride and practice, which is just fine with Dorman.
"It's better than practice any day, playing a tough team like that," Dorman said if Touchet gets paired with Colton. "They're a quality team too."
The time and location for Saturday's game has yet to be determined.
Touchet 4, Gar-Pal 0
Gar-Pal 000 000 0 - 0 2 1
Touchet 210 010 X - 4 7 3
Pfaff and S. Johnson; Brown and Sewell.
HR - none.
Hits - Gar-Pal: Taylor, S. Wilson; Touchet: Creek 3, Sewell, Warner 2, Sturm.