YAKIMA — Touchet made good use of small ball tactics to down Wishkah, 10-0 in five innings, and eliminate the Loggerettes from the state Class 1B softball tournament Sunday at Yakima.
The Loggerettes (11-7) posted a 1-2 record at state and fell one win shy of a state trophy.
Although Courtney Creek’s triple in the fifth inning ended the game via the 10-run mercy rule, Touchet did most of its damage by beating out bunts.
“They started off right from the beginning bunting and stealing,” Wishkah coach Tove Reibel said. “They were really good at baserunning, they advanced runners and were really fast. Bunting and baserunning were the keys.”
The Loggerettes threatened on several occasions, but stranded 10 runners in the first four innings.
Sam Bernhardy had two hits for Wishkah.
Although their roster included sixth eighth-graders, the Loggerettes enjoyed their most competitive state showing, at least until the final game.
“I was very proud,” Reibel said. “We came out with a (first-day) win and I think our players grew from what they went through at state.”
She saluted Hannah Olson, the team’s lone senior, for her contributions.
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Louthan and H. Olson; Schaeffer and Bishop.
Two hits: Wishkah — Bernhardy. Touchet — Sierra McKeawn. Triples: Touchet — Creek. Doubles: Touchet — Schaeffer.
Winning pitcher — Schaeffer (walked two; struck out three). Losing pitcher — Louthan (walked three; struck out five).