DeSales' semifinal loss ends baseball championship quest

The Irish lost to Colfax, 8-2, in the State 2B baseball semifinals Friday.

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Irish fans were everywhere, but all for naught as the mural of cheering fans on the outfield fence still couldn't turn the tide of the game or keep the ball in the glove of leaping DeSales right fielder Shane Roach during Friday's game with Colfax. Roach sped far into foul ball territory off deep right field just to reach the ball but couldn't find the handle for the out.

YAKIMA - DeSales' quest for its 17th baseball championship came to an end here Friday night in the semifinals of the Class 2B state tournament at Parker Field.

Right-hander Brandon Hoadley hurled a five-hit complete game that included 11 strikeouts and eight Colfax hitters collected at least one hit as the top-ranked and undefeated Bulldogs posted an 8-2 victory over the Irish.

"We don't depend on one hitter," Colfax coach Mike Parrish said. "We hit one through nine pretty well. Our lefties (two through five) all hit the long ball."

Friday's triumph proved to be sweet redemption for Hoadley and the Bulldogs, who coughed 10 runs in the first inning during a regional playoff loss to DeSales a season ago.

"We had a blow up against them last year," Parrish said. "We were waiting for this. There has not been a single day that I haven't thought about that game.

"(Hoadley) has been my workhorse for four years," Parrish said. "He just asked me if he could pitch (in the championship game)."

Colfax improved its record to 25-0 and faced Seattle Lutheran - a 14-7 semifinal winner on Friday over Mossyrock - Saturday afternoon for the state title.

DeSales, which slipped to 20-4, opposed Mossyrock on Saturday for third place in the tourney after suffering the program's first defeat in 38 state appearances against Northeast District 7 opponents.

"They are clearly a better team," DeSales coach Kim Cox said. "Brandon threw really well. He's improved an awful lot from when we beat him last year."

The Bulldogs broke a scoreless tie with three runs in the second inning on four hits against Irish starter Victor Mata. Tyler McNannay chased home Tyler Morse and Dustin Huber with a triple into the right-center field gap. Morse started the rally with a one-out single to center and Huber followed with a left-field double

Will Hatley knocked in the final run of the frame with a single.

DeSales got a run back in its half of the second. Mata chopped a two-bagger to left to start things off. Joe Duehn entered as a courtesy runner.

Kyle Lindgren advanced Duehn to third base with a grounder to first and Travis Haen delivered a single to right.

Colfax regained the momentum in the third thanks to a couple of walks and an Irish error. Morse ripped a two-RBI double to give the Bulldogs a 5-1 lead and a balk increased the margin to five.

Tanner Gay belted a two-run home run to right-center in the fifth to make it an 8-1 contest.

"The home run Tanner hit was a major-league bomb," Parrish said.

The Irish got their final run in the sixth inning. Pat Richard drew a one-out walk, stole second, and scored on a Mata base knock to center.

Mata allowed 10 hits, fanned six and walked two in his seven-inning stint.

"When he missed, they made him pay," Cox said. "He threw four bad pitches the whole game - one of them left the yard and three of the four were with two strikes. Give them credit for it."

Colfax 033 020 0 - 8 10 0

DeSales 010 001 0 - 2 5 2

Hoadley and Morgan. Mata and Wujek.

HR - Colfax: Gay.

Hits - Colfax: Morse 2, Hatley 2, Robinson, Johnson, Gay, Huber, McNannay, Mellor; DeSales: Mata 2, Haen, Arellano, Smith.

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