Irish avenge loss to Asotin

The Irish take a 9-1 win over the Panthers at home, following a 10-run loss earlier this season at Asotin.


WALLA WALLA - You can't give a good team extra outs.

Asotin proved that axiom here Wednesday in Southeast 2B baseball action.

The Panthers gave DeSales an extra out with a two-out error in the third and again in the fourth, and the Irish responded with two runs in the third and three in the fourth.

DeSales avenged an earlier 10-run loss to Asotin, as the Irish went on to post a 9-1 win.

"Asotin has gotten us the last couple of years," Irish starting pitcher Pat Richard said. "We knew if we won this, we would be in control of our league. We came out and executed. It was good to get the monkey off our back."

Spencer Smith dropped one in no man's land between the Panther shortstop and centerfielder to chase home Travis Haen, who walked to lead off the Irish second, and DeSales grabbed a 1-0 lead.

Jackson Webb doubled in the tieing run for the Panthers in the top of the third, but it was all Irish from then on.

Victor Mata reached on a two-out Panther error in the home third, and went to second on a wild pitch. Kyle Lindgren picked up Mata with an RBI single up the middle, and Haen singled in Lindgren as the Irish took a 3-1 lead after three.

That was all Richard would need. Following the Webb double, the senior right-hander didn't give up another hit until Grant Parsons led off the Panther seventh with a single. Parsons was quickly erased with a Lindgren to Haen to Mata (5-4-3) double play.

Richard would finish with a complete game four-hitter with six strikeouts, and allowing only one unearned run.

"Pat was obviously the difference in the game," Irish coach Kim Cox said. "He located really well and had good velocity. He got ahead of all the hitters. He should be pleased with his outing. We are."

"Webb is one of the best hitters we've seen," Richard said. "We tried to put spots on him and he just hits it wherever we throw it (two hits Wednesday). They're solid all the way around, but we knew if we kept the ball down our infielders would get the job done and our outfielders made some good plays. We executed and put nine runs on the board. The offense helped me out a lot."

DeSales put it away in the fourth. Matt Wujek, after a one-out Smith Texas Leaguer, reached on a two-out Panther throwing error, and DeSales went to work.

Richard was hit by a pitch, then Mata walked to force home Shane Roach, who was running for Smith, and Lindgren, on an 0-2 count ripped a two-run single to left to plate Wujek and Richard and give the Irish a 6-1 lead after four. DeSales added a singleton in the fifth and two in the sixth to coast home with the 9-1 win.

Lindgren led the Irish eight-hit attack with three hits and three RBIs.

"We felt we were a better offensive team," Cox said. "(In the first meeting) they got into scoring position because of us. We walked seven and hit two. (Today) Lindgren came through a couple of times."

DeSales improves to 12-2 on the season.

"We're pleased with the outing," Cox said. "We played a good game last night (Tuesday) in La Grande (an 8-4 Irish win). We feel like we're making progress."

DeSales 9, Asotin 1

Asotin 001 000 0 - 1 4 4

DeSales 012 312 x - 9 8 1

Trimmell, Lyons (4) and DeBord; Richard and Wujek.

HR - none.

Hits - Aso: Webb 2, Davis, Parsons; DeS: Smith 2, Lindgren 3, Haen, Wujek, Richard.


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