TOUCHET — Touchet’s baseball team finished up its Southeast 1B regular season with a split with visiting Pomeroy here Tuesday.
The Pirates tied up the opening game at 7-all in the seventh inning, and plated two ninth-inning runs to take the 9-7 victory.
In the nightcap, the Indians’ five-run fourth inning lifted them into an 8-4 lead and they cruised to a 10-4 victory.
“That first game, we got into the seventh and they tied it up,” Touchet coach Tim McKeown said. “That kind of broke our back, it hurt us.”
Pomeroy coach Dave Boyer said it didn’t look good for the Pirates with two outs in the seventh inning, trailing by three.
“It looked like they were going to win,” Boyer said. “We jumped out to a 4-0 lead and they kept chipping away. With two outs in the seventh we managed to get a rally going get those three runs.”
Pomeroy led off the seventh with a groundout, a strikeout, and then a walk, a hit and another walk. Jared Starin then laced a shot down the left-field line to score the three runs to tie it up.
“We were really excited,” Boyer said.
The Pirates got the lead in the top of the ninth, and Cade Gingerich came in to close the game.
“I was happy with the win, the way the boys played,” Boyer said.
Jared Ortiz set the tone for the Indians in the second game, pitching the complete game.
“He settled in and pitched a good game for us,” McKeown said. “We came ready to play the second game, we were on our game.”
Pomeroy again jumped out to an early lead in the nightcap, only to have the Indians battle back to take the lead for good in the fourth.
“The kids were hitting, moving around the bases and getting runs when we needed to,” McKeown said. “It was a total game for us.”
“It was just one of those things, it was asking too much for two comeback wins,” Boyer said. “Touchet is a good bunch of ballplayers.”
McKeown said the Indians had a shot at a playoff game if they’d have swept the Pirates and Liberty Christian had been swept, but end the league season at 4-9. They travel to Sunnyside Christian for a non-league matchup Friday.
Pomeroy ends its season at 3-5 in league, 7-11-1 overall.
Boyer isn’t unhappy with the Pirates’ play over the season.
“We split with Colton, we split with Rosalia and we split with Touchet,” he said. “I feel like we played pretty good. The trick is to make sure these kids stick with the program.
“I’m looking forward to next season,” Boyer said. “I’ve got a good coaching staff, I was really fortunate to have these guys helping.
“If they all come back and help next year, we’ll be OK.”
Pomeroy 103 000 302 — 9 7 4
Touchet 002 122 000 — 7 9 3
Ha.. Heytvelt, Gingerich (9) and Ho. Heytvelt. Schack, Col. McKeown (5), Ortiz (8), and Goble.
HR — none.
Hits — Pom: Ha. Heytvelt, Gingerich, Morfin 2, Ho. Heytvelt 2, Lewis. Tou: Flagstead 2, Col. McKeown, Schack 2, Weber, Con. McKeown 2, Shanks.
Pomeroy 013 000 0 — 4 3 3
Touchet 102 511 x — 10 7 0
Starin, Ho. Heytvelt (4) and Gingerich. Ortiz and Col. McKeown.
HR — none.
Hits — Pom: Gingerich, McGreevy 2. Tou: Con. McKeown 2, Col Mckeon, Schack, Weber, Shanks, Goble.