Indians secure state berth with 10-0 win

After dropping its first game to Colton, 14-2, the Touchet softball team earned a 10-0 win and a trip to state in its second game against Liberty Christian.

After dropping its first game to Colton, 14-2, the Touchet softball team earned a 10-0 win and a trip to state in its second game against Liberty Christian. Photo by Greg Lehman.

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Touchet pitcher Makayla Bishop throws a pitch against Liberty Christian on Saturday.

TOUCHET — The hometown Indians earned District 9’s No. 2 seed into next weekend’s Class 1B state softball tournament in Yakima with a 10-0, loser-out victory over Liberty Christian on Saturday afternoon at Conrad Field.

Earlier in the day, Touchet dropped a 14-2, five-inning decision to Colton in the district title match.

The Patriots set up a showdown with the Indians after blanking Rosalia, 10-0, in Saturday’s first elimination game.

Next weekend’s state appearance will be the 18th in the last 19 seasons for the Touchet program — with 11 of the last 12 coming in fast pitch competition.

Coach Gary Dorman has served as head or assistant coach in each of those 19 campaigns.

“We showed an ability to understand that you don’t let one game affect the next game,” Dorman said after his team’s pasting of the Patriots. “I’ve always said, ‘don’t get too high and don’t get too low.’”

Morgan Cardwell gave the Indians an early 2-0 lead against Liberty Christian with a two-out, two-RBI double off the center-field fence in the bottom of the first inning.

“She’s hit more balls off that fence than most players have hits,” Dorman said. “She hasn’t gotten one over yet, but that was a shot.”

The Indians tallied two more times in the third inning. Melissa Creek scored from second base on a Makayla Bishop bunt and Shelby Gould contributed a two-out RBI double to right.

“Melissa is so aggressive,” Dorman said. “She has a knack for getting across home plate. Sometimes you just stand back and watch her go.”

“Shelby (and other seniors on the team) understand the situation,” Dorman said. “I never have to press upon them that we need a big hit.”

The Indians scored four more times in the fourth. Creek ripped a two-run double while Harlie Schaeffer and Cardwell socked an RBI two-bagger apiece.

“Harlie hit the ball well all day,” Dorman said. “She had a good at-bat and delivered.

“Those three girls are seniors,” Dorman said of his fourth-inning stars. “They didn’t want to lose that chance to get back to state.”

Creek and Schaeffer smacked run-producing singles in the fifth inning to end the game due to the 10-run mercy rule.

The offensive support was more than enough for Bishop, who gave up just four hits over five innings of duty in the circle.

“She been our No. 1 starting pitcher for two years,” Dorman said. “She’s a clutch pitcher.”

First Game

Colton 010 0(13) — 14 10 1

Touchet 010 01 — 2 7 3

R. Moser, W. Scholtheis (4) and C. Henningar. McKeown, Schaeffer (5) and Bishop.

HR — none.

Hits — Colton: C. Henningar 3, Kramer 2, Druffel 2, Jacobs, Z. Moser, Chadwick; Touchet: Bishop 2, Gould 2, McKeown, Cardwell, Schaeffer.

Second Game

Liberty Christian 000 00 — 0 4 0

Touchet 202 42 — 10 13 1

Peterson and Croskrey. Bishop and Creek.

HR — none.

Hits — Liberty Christian: Monteith, Sperling, Steele, Bush; Touchet: Creek 4, McKeown 3, Cardwell 2, Schaeffer 2, Bennett, Warren.

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