Touchet takes 3rd seed to state

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MEDICAL LAKE, Wash. — Touchet High School’s softball team scored 22 runs and smacked 27 hits as the Indians went 2-1 in the 1B district 7/9 regional playoffs and earned a trip to state.

Touchet beat Cusick 12-1 in five innings to punch a ticket to state. The other two games were for seeding to state.

The Indians lost to Elmira-Coulee-Hartline 10-4 and beat Selkirk 8-4 to grab the third seed from the region.

Leadoff hitter Cierra Jo McKeown smacked six hits and walked twice in 11 trips to the plate. She also scored six runs.

“McKeown sets the table for a lot of the other players in the lineup,” Touchet coach Gary Dorman said. “She gets on base a lot and scores a lot of runs.”

Slugger Kristen Warner had four hits and six RBI in the three games.

In the circle, Mckayala Bishop pitched two of the three games. She struck out 10 and walked six in the combined performances.

“We’re going to keep working to hit the ball hard at state,” Dorman said, “and we’re going to need to tidy up some fielding errors.”

Touchet will compete in a field of eight teams, in double elimination format, at state in Yakima starting Friday.

Touchet 12, Cusick 1

Touchet 702 03 — 12 5 0

Cusick 000 10 — 1 3 4

Bishop and C. Creek. Savage and Allen.

Hits — Touchet: McKeown 2, M. Creek, Warner, Cardwell. Cusick: L. Nelson, Adams, Martin.

E-C-H 10, Touchet 4

Touchet 010 030 0 — 4 11 5

ECH 421 120 X — 10 9 0

Schaeffer and Bishop. Hughes and Rockett.

Hits — Touchet: McKeown 2, Gould, Schaeffer, Bishop 3, Courtney Creek 3, Cardwell. E-C-H: Tipps, Fox, Isaak, Sample 3, Matthewson, Ashley, Jorgenson.

Touchet 8, Selkirk 0

Touchet 400 001 3 — 8 11 3

Selkirk 000 000 0 — 0 7 2

Bishop and C. Creek. Anderson and Reiber.

Hits — Touchet: McKeown 2, M. Creek, Warner 3, Schaeffer, Bishop, Cardwell, Aceves.

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