DeSales takes baseball doubleheader off Waitsburg-Prescott

DeSales' pitchers keep W-P nearly hitless in two games for 8-0, 10-0 wins.

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DeSales third baseman Kyle Lindgren scoops up a ground ball before firing it to first base for the out during the Irish's first game against Waitsburg-Prescott Saturday afternoon. DeSales won the game 8-0.

WALLA WALLA - DeSales pitchers struck out 24 batters in a Southeast 2B twin-bill baseball blanking of Waitsburg-Prescott here Saturday afternoon at Ray Lane Field.

The Irish won 8-0 in game one and 10-0 in a five-inning, mercy rule shortened game two.

Pat Richard took the mound for the Irish in game one, dueling with W-P's Joe Purdin in a low-scoring first three innings of baseball.

Purdin allowed no earned runs through three, but opened the fourth giving up a double, walk, double and single to Matt Wujek, Richard, Victor Mata and Kyle Lindgren, respectively. Lindgren's single to right plated both Richard and Mata.

Purdin induced the next batter, Travis Haen into grounding to third, and the following, Logan Hoeft, into an easy pop to right. But W-P third baseman Justin Zuger erred in his fielding of the grounder and right fielder Guillermo Hernandez misplayed the fly to right, allowing both batters to reach safely and Lindgren to score.

DeSales posted two more runs in the inning, thanks to two-out singles by Shane Roach and Tommy Gregg.

Meanwhile, Richard was masterful on the mound, striking out 12 in six innings, while allowing just three hits.

Two of the three hits led off an inning, while a third W-P lead-off batter reach on an error. But Richard and the Irish neutralized each threat. The Irish allowed only one runner past second base for the game.

Lindgren came on in relief in the seventh to finish off W-P, 1-2-3.

"(The fourth) was the one inning where we put a bat on the ball against (Purdin)," DeSales coach Kim Cox said. "It was about the only inning we swung the bat well the whole first game."

Lucan Gerke replaced Purdin in the fifth.

"Joe threw a heck of a game," W-P coach Dustin Snedigar said. "But we kind of reverted in the fourth (on him). We got on our heels a little bit (on defense) instead of attacking the ground balls and fly balls the way we needed to.

"When we get behind and let a guy get on base, we seem to get complacent," he said. "We've just got to play defense and not get too nervous. We think too much, when we just need to react - that's the bottom line."

The second game wasn't nearly as close, as DeSales plated seven runs in the first, battering W-P starter Zach Bartlow for four extra base hits in the inning.

Leadoff hitter Gregg belted two doubles for the Irish in the inning, as DeSales sent 11 men to the plate.

DeSales scored another run in the second and two more in the third to boost its lead to 10-0.

Irish pitchers Matt Wujek and Victor Mata struck out 11 and held W-P scoreless, ending the game by the mercy rule after W-P's half of the fifth.

"We'd like to see those (extra base hits) a lot more," Cox said. "We've sort of struggled offensively most of this year. I think we're getting better, but we still have a long way to go.

"I think we reached for a lot of balls in the first game," Cox continued. "After the game, we talked about, when you're ahead in the count, why are you chasing balls? You need to have some better discipline. You need to be willing to take a strike that's on the corner of the plate, in hopes that the pitcher will make a mistake later and get the ball out over the plate where we can do something with it."

The doubleheader sweep moves DeSales' record to 7-2 on the season, 4-1 in league.

The Irish take the field again Tuesday in Borleske Stadium against Columbia-Burbank.

W-P falls to 2-8 and 0-4 heading into a Saturday league game at Liberty Christian.

First Game

W-P 000 000 0 - 0 3 3

DeSales 010 610 x - 8 5 1

Purdin, Gerke (5) and Brannock; Richard, Lindgren (7) and Wujek.

HR - none.

Hits - W-P: Bartlow, Gerke, Brock; DeSales: Gregg, Wujek, Mata, Lindgren, Roach.

Second Game

W-P 000 00 - 0 1 3

DeSales 712 0x - 10 9 0

Bartlow, Estes (3) and Brannock; Wujek, Mata (3) and Smith.

HR- none.

Hits - W-P: Gerke; DeSales: Gregg 2, Wujek, Mata, Lindgren 2, Duehn, Richard, Hoeft.

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