RICHLAND - The DeSales Irish baseball team split a Southeast 2B doubleheader with Liberty Christian here Saturday. The Irish lost the first game, 8-7, in eight innings and won the second game handily, 11-3.
Vic Mata pitched a complete game in the opener, striking out 11 and walking only three.
"The errors really killed us on defense in game one with Mata on the mound," DeSales assistant coach Mike Postlewait said. "We couldn't field the ball and we couldn't finish off innings."
DeSales was able to score seven runs on just three hits, but allowed the late innning rally of the Patriots to beat them.
The biggest hit for the Irish was a bases-clearing triple by Brandon Arellano in the fifth inning after three Patriot pitcher walks.
"We just couldn't get the job done in game one," Postlewait said. "It was the first time in 13 years, since they (Liberty Christian) joined the league that they beat us.
"We didn't respect the game of baseball and it came back to bite us."
Game two was taken by DeSales behind a complete-game pitching victory of Logan Hoeft.
Hoeft struck out three and walked none.
"Logan kept the ball down and pitched to location very well," Postlewait said. "He did a great job on the mound."
Brandon. Arellano had two more triples in the second game.
"Arellano swung the bat real well for us," Postlewait said, "he had five RBIs on the day for us.
"He hit all three balls to right-center field gap up against the fence and ran well around the bases."
Travis Haen had three hits to lead the 14-hit attack.
The Irish play again Tuesday, April 12th at Columbia Burbank in a non-league game at 3 p.m.
DeSales is now 7-1 overall and 3-1 in league play.
DeSales 201 040 00 - 7 3 4
Liberty Christian 010 102 31 - 8 8 2
Mata and Duehn. Dufault, Lindquist (5) and Lindquist, Steele (5).
HR - none.
Hits- DeSales: Duehn, Hoeft. B. Arrellano. Liberty Christian: Peterson, Siefken, Lindquist 2, Groth, Steele 2, Taylor.
DeSales 031 330 1 - 11 14 1
Liberty Christian 110 100 0 - 3 6 3
Hoeft and Duehn. Siefken, Peterson (6) and Lindquist.
HR - LC: Dufault.
Hits - DeSales: Haen 3, Duehn 2, Mata, Lindgren, Caudill, Hoeft 2, Pommering, B. Arellano 2, Galloway. Liberty Christian: Peterson 2, Dufault, Lindquist, Mitchell, Keelean.