TOUCHET - The 1B 2009 state runner-up squared off here against the 2009 state 2B runner-up in non-league baseball action Friday.
DeSales, the 2B runner up, walked away with the 3-0 win.
DeSales turned two walks, a hit batsman, and a 1B Touchet error into three runs in the Irish fourth.
Matt Wujek and Victor Mata made those runs stand up as the two combined to no-hit the Indians in handing Touchet its first loss of the season. The Irish improved to 13-2 with the win.
"It was a good high school game," DeSales coach Kim Cox said. "I give our pitching an ‘A'."
Wujek went into the fifth and Mata finished the no hitter. Wujek struck out seven and Mata recorded six of his seven outs by the strikeout route.
"We need to see that quality of pitching," Touchet coach Wayne Dickey said. "That was a good game for us. We had too many strikeouts, but that's the first time we've seen that quality of pitching. As you move into the playoffs, we're going to see better pitching. Hopefully, we'll be able to do a better job at the plate than we did (Friday)."
Touchet's Tuff Goble and Wujek matched goose eggs through the first three innings. Goble gave up a lead-off single to Spencer Smith to open the Irish third, but Touchet catcher Marshall Byerley quickly erased Smith at second as he tried to advance following a failed Irish bunt attempt.
Goble walked Wujek and Pat Richard to open the Irish fourth. One out later, Kyle Lindgren was hit by a Goble pitch to load the bases.
"Tuff threw well," Dickey said. "I thought he threw too many pitches and was behind in the count way too many times. Against DeSales, they are going to capitalize and take advantage of that."
Travis Haen followed Lindgren and dropped a squeeze bunt and Wujek scored with the only run the Irish would need.
"Travis Haen is a freshman, but I've been really pleased with his play the entire year," Cox said. "He can control the bat and get a bunt down."
Logan Hoeft followed Haen and hit a ground ball that should've been the third out, but Touchet couldn't complete the play, and Richard and Lindgren scored to make it 3-0.
Wujek took his no-no into the fifth and retired the first two Indians, but hit Gus Rodriguez and Eric Hines, and Cox summoned Mata in relief.
"I wasn't thinking much about it (the no hitter)," Cox said. "I was thinking about the next hitter. He (Wujek) was sharp, but he hit a couple of guys in a row, and I decided, in a 3-0 game, not to wait around and let things get worse. I made the switch to Vic (Mata) as he's been very good the entire year."
Travis Fowler and Byerley worked consecutive walks off Mata with one out in the Indian sixth, but Mata got a strikeout and a ground ball to end the threat. Mata struck out the side in the seventh to ice the win.
Goble was almost as good, giving up one earned run and two Irish hits - Smith's single, and a Tommy Gregg double in the seventh - in going the distance.
"Tuff (Goble) threw really well," Cox said. "We only got one ball off the ground the entire day."
"Tuff competed (Friday)," Dickey said. "He always came back (from the walks) and challenged their hitters. We (just) need to adjust at the plate to that quality of pitching and get a little better contact."
The Indians host Waitsburg-Prescott at 3:30 Tuesday.
The Irish tangle with Dayton Tuesday.
DeSales 000 300 0 - 3 2 0
Touchet 000 000 0 - 0 0 3
Wujek, Mata (5) and Mata, Wujek (5); Goble and Byerley.
HR - none.
Hits - DeS: Smith, Gregg; Tou: none.