TOUCHET — Touchet High School took care of business here Tuesday in loser-out District 9 1B softball action.
Touchet scored five times in three innings and left the rest up to Makayla Bishop in the circle. Bishop blanked Liberty Christian on four hits as the Indians posted a 5-0 win.
The Indians host the winner of Tuesday’s battle between four-time defending 1B champion Colton and Garfield-Palouse Thursday at 5 p.m. for the No. 1 seed to Saturday’s regional playoff with District 7 in Medical Lake.
Melissa Creek’s bunt base hit, a wild pitch, a ground out, and Harlie Schaeffer’s two-out run-scoring single gave the Indians all they would need as Touchet grabbed a 1-0 lead after one inning.
The Indians sandwiched a Courtney Creek single, and a Megan Kromm run-producing groundout, around two Patriot errors to increase the lead to 3-0 after two.
A dropped fly ball with two outs in the Touchet third scored two more Indian runs and Touchet led 5-0 after three.
“We haven’t played for two weeks and we were a little rusty,” Indians coach Gary Dorman said. “Winning ugly is better than losing pretty. We had some creative scoring created by their errors. It was not our best effort.”
The Patriots had no luck off of Bishop after Kierston Pierson’s first-inning single. Bishop did not allow a Patriot past first base until the seventh, and only gave up one more hit, a two-out single to Courtney Grant in the Patriot fifth, in reaching the seventh. The Patriots scratched out two infield singles, but Bishop induced a double play and a strike out — her sixth of the game — to end it.
Bishop was returning to the circle after a bout with tendinitis had limited her innings late in the season.
“I injured it at practice, and kept playing on it and it just got worse and worse,” Bishop said. “It hurt a little bit (today), but I pitched through it. The doctor said it wouldn’t be anything that would harm me.”
Bishop only walked one — the very first batter she faced — in posting the four-hit shutout.
“That was not a typical game (for me),” Bishop said. “They (Indian defenders) were great. Hopefully, Thursday will be a better effort.”
Schaeffer and Courtney Creek led the Indian six-hit attack with two hits each.
“We’ll have to play ourselves back into shape,” Dorman said. “The kids played pretty well on defense. We just have to get the bats swinging better, but they are good enough ball players to figure it out. We look forward to playing whoever.”
TOUCHET 5, LIBERTY CHRISTIAN 0
LC 000 000 0 — 0 4 4
Touchet 122 000 x — 5 6 1
Pierson and Croskrey; Bishop and C. Creek.
Hits — LC: Pierson, Grant, Walker, Williams; Tou: M. Creek, Schaeffer 2, C. Creek 2, McKeown.