TOUCHET — Trailing 6-5 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Touchet struck for three runs and pulled out an 8-7 non-league softball victory over Tri-Cities Prep here Tuesday afternoon.
Shelby Gould’s second hit of the game drove home Makayla Bishop and Morgan Caldwell to cap the rally and allow the Indians to even their season record at 6-6.
CierraJo McKeown opened the rally by drawing her third walk of the game. Harlie Schaeffer followed with her third hit of the game, a single that enabled the swift-footed McKeown to score all the way from first base.
Schaeffer was thrown out trying to advance to second base after a close play at the plate. But Bishop kept the rally going with a single and Cardwell followed with a double, setting up Gould’s clutch game-winning hit.
Schaeffer got the scoring started in the first inning with a two-run home run. McKeown scored ahead of her after collecting her first free pass.
In the second inning, Olivia Rea was hit by a pitch, Jennifer Aceves walked and McKeown beat out an infield single to load the bases. Schaeffer followed with a two-run single.
McKeown walked in the fourth inning, stole second and third and scampered home on Melissa Creek’s RBI hit.
Victoria Nunez and Katie Young had two hits each for Tri-Cities Prep.
The game was Touchet’s first in a week because of two rainouts. The Indians are idle again this weekend but face three Southeast 1B District doubleheaders next week, beginning with Pomeroy on Tuesday on the Touchet diamond.
“Here it is almost the first of May and we have only played 12 ball games,” Dorman said in trying to explain his team’s sluggish start. “It’s been kind of helter-skelter so far.
“We have a lot of kids playing new positions, and they haven’t been able to get comfortable with where they are playing because of this lack of playing time. Hopefully we will peak this next month because we are capable of doing some great things. We’ve seen some flashes.”
Schaeffer, for instance, has been on an offensive tear, Dorman said, with eight hits and nine runs batted in during her last three games. And almost everyone got into the act on Tuesday, he noted.
“We had 10 hits and none of them were cheap,” he said. “We hit the ball sharply, and at some opportune times.”
The Indians have failed to qualify for the state tournament just once since the Indians went to fast-pitch in 1998 and Dorman took over as head coach.
Touchet 8, Tri-Cities Prep 7
Tri-Cities Prep 102 120 1 — 7 8 0
Touchet 220 103 x — 8 10 2
V. Vargus and V. Nunez; Bishop and Aceves.
HR — Touchet, Schaeffer.
Hits — TCP: Hoppes, V. Vargus, V. Nunez 2, Chidster, Young 2, Whitsett; Touchet: McKeown, Creek, Schaeffer 3, Bishop, Cardwell, Gould 2, Fenton.