Indians jump on W-M early, take 12-7 hardball win

It's a hit — on the arm — for Weston-McEwen batter Joe Baumann as he gets drilled by a pitch in the  fifth inning with his team down 10-1 against Touchet Thursday afternoon.  Weston-McEwen staged a later rally, but fell short in the 12-7 loss at Touchet.

It's a hit — on the arm — for Weston-McEwen batter Joe Baumann as he gets drilled by a pitch in the fifth inning with his team down 10-1 against Touchet Thursday afternoon. Weston-McEwen staged a later rally, but fell short in the 12-7 loss at Touchet. Photo by Jeff Horner.

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TOUCHET — Touchet High School took advantage of Weston-McEwen wildness here Thursday in non-conference baseball action.

The Indians scored four runs in the first inning and six in the second to lead 10-1 after two.

The TigerScots settled their ship, but couldn’t dig out of the hole as Touchet posted a 12-7 win.

Jose Martinez highlighted the Indian first inning with a two-run single, the only Touchet hit of the uprising, as the Indians grabbed an early 4-0 lead. Elias Martinez, Nate Ortiz, Cori Ochoa and Octavio Preciado all knocked in second-inning runs as the Indians built an insurmountable 10-1 lead after two.

“It was a huge hole,” TigerScot coach T.J. Haguewood said. “Today, we had a hard time throwing strikes. Include an error, the walks, a hit batsman, a hit, and it all of a sudden turns into a four-run inning.”

W-M got a run-scoring single from Jerad Croswell and an RBI-double from Lance Thacker to score three times in the fifth and cut the Indian lead to 10-4.

The TigerScots took advantage of two Touchet errors and a run-scoring single from Sutter Ball to score three in the seventh, but could get no closer as Touchet hung on for the 12-7 win.

“I was pleased the way we battled back,” Haguewood said. “We were squaring up quite a few baseballs (as W-M out hit Touchet 12-9).”

The story for the Indians was the pitching of Jared Ortiz, who went all the way and scattered 12 hits in notching the win.

“We’ve been having issues with our pitching,” Touchet coach Tim McKeown said. “Today, Jared did an outstanding job. He pitched strikes and that made a big difference. We jumped on them early and the bats continued. It was a good game for us. Weston-McEwen is a good team and they made it a game toward the end. The big story is Jared. He wanted to pitch and the team was behind him.”

Calvin Thacker, Lance Thacker, Croswell, Justin Burke and Ball each collected two hits for the TigerScots.

Elias Martinez, Nate Ortiz and Jose Martinez each had two hits for the Indians.

The TigerScots return to league play Saturday when Horizon Christian visits.

Touchet entertains Pomeroy in a league double dip.

TOUCHET 12, WESTON-MCEWEN 7

W-M 010 030 3 — 7 12 2

Touchet 460 020 x — 12 9 2

Croswell, C. Thacker (1), White (2) and Burke; J. Ortiz and Col. McKeown.

HR — none.

Hits — W-M: C. Thacker 2, L. Thacker 2, Croswell 2, Burke 2, Patrick, Baumann, Ball 2; Tou: E. Martinez 2, Ochoa, N. Ortiz 2, J. Martinez 2, Col. McKeown, Preciado.

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