Touchet players react to their 9-4 loss to Colton in the 1B State Championship held at the Gateway Sports Complex in Yakima.
Photo by Michael Lopez.
YAKIMA — Jenna Moser hammered a tie-breaking RBI double in the bottom of the sixth inning that jump-started a five-run rally and helped power Colton to a 9-4 victory over Touchet in the championship game of the Class 1B state softball tournament at the Gateway Sports Complex on Saturday afternoon.
The win clinched the Wildcat’s sixth consecutive title and completed a 21-2 season for the Class 1B powerhouse.
The Indians ended their year with a mark of 19-6.
Each team scored a run in the first inning. Touchet picked up its tally on a passed ball.
Colton put up a pair of runs in the last of the second before the Indians equalized in the following frame. Shelby Gould socked a two-run double to even the score at 3-3.
“This was her first year with extended playing time,” Touchet coach Gary Dorman said. “She’s just clutch. She’s grown so much. I’m proud of her.”
Touchet used a bit of two-out magic in the fourth inning to take its final lead of the contest. Cierra Jo McKeown kept the Indians alive with a double and scored on a Melisa Creek triple.
“She spanked that ball,” Dorman said of Creek’s hit. “She has such good wheels.”
The Wildcats tied the game in the fourth prior to their game-deciding rally in the sixth.
“For some reason, we can’t start right off the bat,” Colton coach Brad Nilson said. “But it only takes one person to get a hit and everyone will get a hit behind them.”
The Indians committed six errors in the game and stranded nine base runners.
“We left a lot of opportunities on base,” Dorman said. “You have to take advantage of them.”
A gracious Nilson had nothing but praise for his opposite number afterward.
“Dorman’s a heck of a coach,” Nilson said. “We’ve been going up against other for years. When we first started fast pitch, they (the Indians) schooled us.”
Colton 9, Touchet 4
Touchet 102 100 0 — 4 6 6
Colton 120 105 X — 9 9 3
Bishop and Aceves; Z. Moser and C. Henningar.
HR — none.
Hits — Touchet: Bishop, Schaeffer, Cardwell, Gould, Creek, Mckeown; Colton: J. Moser 3, Kramer 2, Schultheis 2, C. Henningar, Z. Moser.