ROSALIA — It took Touchet three innings to settle in, but once the Indians did there was no holding them back.
The Indians lashed out 41 hits in 62 official at-bats and rocked Rosalia 17-3 and 20-3 in a Southeast 1B District softball doubleheader here Monday. The games were originally scheduled last month but were postponed by rain.
Touchet led 3-1 after three innings in the first game before pulling away. A 10-run second inning settled the nightcap, which was called after five innings.
“We kind of caught up to their slower pitching in the fourth inning of the first game,” Indians coach Gary Dorman said. “We adjusted, that’s probably the proper term.”
Catcher Jennifer Aceves collected five of Touchet’s 22 hits in the first game and scored a pair of runs. Makayla Bishop and Harlie Schaeffer stroked four hits each, with Bishop driving in four runs and scoring three times while Schaeffer finished with three RBIs and three runs scored.
One of Bishop’s hits was a two-run home run that highlighted the Indians’ five-run fourth inning.
Morgan Cardwell added two singles and a double, scored twice and knocked in one run. And Shelby Gould and Melissa Creek chipped in with two hits apiece.
Cierra Jo McKeown, who managed just one hit in the first game, led the way in the second game with three singles and a triple and four runs scored. Schaeffer and Bishop collected three hits each, giving them seven hits in the doubleheader, and Aceves picked up a pair of hits for a seven-hit day.
Cardwell also had three hits in the second game to finish the day with six hits and Creek hit safely twice.
Touchet improved to 3-1 in league play and 4-6 on the season.
“Rosalia is somewhere in the middle of the pack,” Dorman said of the Spartans. “I know they got swept by Liberty Christian, split with Pomeroy and beat Lacrosse-Washtucna twice.”
Rosalia is playing on its own for the first time in years after ending a sports co-op with Tekoa and Oakesdale. Next year Rosalia will team up with Tekoa while Oakesdale is slated to join Garfield-Palouse in a co-op.
Touchet is scheduled to host Dayton this afternoon in a non-league single game and will travel to Athena Thursday to take on Weston-McEwen in another non-leaguer. Both games are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m., weather permitting.
Touchet 012 501 8 — 17 22 2
Rosalia 010 200 0 — 3 7 4
Bishop and Aceves; Reddish and Frost.
HR — Touchet, Bishop.
Hits — Touchet: McKeown, Creek 2, Schaeffer 4, Bishop 4, Cardwell 3, Gould 2, Kromm, Aceves 5; Rosalia: Reddish 2, Frost 2, S. Carrothers 2, Naught.
Touchet 4(10)6 00 — 20 19 1
Rosalia 000 30 — 3 4 4
McKeown and Aceves; Bruce and Frost.
Hits — Touchet: McKeown 4, Creek 2, Schaeffer 3, Big Sorrel Horse, Bishop 3, Cardwell 3, Bennett, Aceves 2; Rosalia: Bruce, Jeske, Torrell, Carrothers.