DAYTON - DeSales clinched a place in the regional playoffs with two baseball wins over Dayton here Tuesday.
The Irish defeated the Bulldogs, 20-3 and 8-3, in the doubleheader.
DeSales put the 10-run, five-inning mercy rule first game away early, posting four runs to Dayton's three in the first, then exploding at bat with 11 runs in the second.
The Irish batted through their lineup, scoring every runner, before getting an out after 11 batters were up and 10 runs scored. They nearly batted through a second time, with only one batter staying benched.
"Our guys are trying to hit as hard as they can," said DeSales coach Kim Cox. "They're wanting to pound it."
Dayton's three runs came off its first three batters.
Game-one pitcher and lead-off hitter Colton Bickelhaupt came home on a Lowden Smith double, then Wyatt Frame walked and stole third before both Smith and Frame came home on a sacrifice fly to left field by Devin Perales.
DeSales pitcher Pat Richard finished the game, allowing five hits and one unearned run.
Wind wreaked havoc with both teams.
"It was nicer than we thought it would be," Cox said of the May afternoon. "Our JV team got snowed on in Baker City (on Monday)."
Game two was a different story. DeSales had three early runs, with Pat Richard and Tommy Gregg moving home on RBIs by Kyle Lindgren and Matt Wujek, and Lindgren scoring on an unearned run.
Dayton's Bickelhaupt came home on a hit by Perales, keeping the score at a close 3-1 after the first inning.
The Irish scored once in the second and once in the third, and Dayton had two more posted in the third, making it 5-2.
Bickelhaupt had some fun on the bases when he scored in the third inning.
He singled, then tried to steal second while Lowden Smith was at bat. But DeSales pitcher Victor Mata caught him in the act.
Mata threw to second baseman Travis Haen, who turned to face a surprised Bickelhaupt. Bickelhaupt tried to bolt back to safety, but first baseman Shane Roach was on the other end.
Haen threw to Roach, Bickelhaupt dropped to the dirt, Roach fumbled the ball and Bickelhaupt darted to safety and second base, around a surprised Haen.
"He's been doing that since he was in the eighth grade," said Dayton coach Sal Benevides of sophomore Bickelhaupt with a chuckle. "I'm not surprised anymore when I see him do that - he gets stuck in these hotboxes, but I don't remember seeing him thrown out yet. He knows when to go. ... He forces guys."
Benavides has four eighth-graders, nine freshman and three sophomores, with just two upperclassmen, he said.
The second inning, including runs by Bickelhaupt and Lowden, capped scoring for Dayton with three runs.
Eighth-grader Lowden Smith pitched for Dayton in game two, giving up eight hits and allowing three unearned runs.
Smith had two hits and an RBI on the day.
"I was pretty happy with the second game," Benavides said. "Our eighth-grade pitcher (Smith) was pitching well and making a lot of good hits for us."
DeSales then posted three more for the 8-3 win.
But Benavides was happy with his team's game-two play.
"I was real pleased, and I told them that," Benavides said. "If we can do away with some of those mistakes and even out our runs with our boo-boos, we'll get there."
The Bulldogs made four errors in the first game and two in the second.
"The two games were day and night," Benavides said. "If we'd played like we did in the second game in a couple of other games this season, I think we'd be pulling off more wins and have a different record."
Fielding by Bickelhaupt and Frame made a difference in game two.
"They really covered the center," Benavides said. "They made a lot of defensive plays up the field."
Matt Wujek had a double and an RBI for DeSales in game two.
Wujek, one of four Irish seniors, was relieved with the wins.
"We've put a lot of work into this and we're glad to get to districts," Wujek said. "It's a pretty big win. The guys right now, they're excited. We've got strong leadership from our seniors and good support from our underclassmen.
"It's really important to me and the rest of the seniors to go to the postseason."
"We qualify for regionals with this pair of wins," Cox said. "So we're looking at districts, and I know if we can keep playing this way we'll get through there."
Dayton travels to Garfield-Palouse at 2 p.m. Saturday.
DeSales moves to 15-2. The Irish host Liberty Christian in their final regular-season games of the year with an 11 a.m. twin bill Saturday.
DeSales 4(11)5 00 - 20 13 0
Dayton 300 00 - 3 5 4
Richard and Mata. Bickelhaupt, Frame (3), Fullerton (4) and Fullerton, Stevens (3).
HR - none.
Hits - DeS: Richard, Gregg 2, Mata, Lindgren 2, Haen 2, Duehn, Hueft, Arellano 2, Roach, Schmitz. Dayton: Bickelhaupt, Smith, Frame, Stevens, Fullerton.
DeSales 311 030 0 - 8 8 1
Dayton 102 000 0 - 3 5 2
Mata and Josifek, Smith (3), Wujek (4). Smith and Hays.
HR - none.
Hits - DeS: Richard, Mata, Lindgren 2, Wujek 2, Haen, Duehn 3. Dayton: Bickelhaupt, Smith 2, Perales, Spalinger.