DeSales' lead disappears in loss to Coyotes

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BURBANK - DeSales built an early2-0 lead here Tuesday afternoon but squandered one scoring opportunity after another after that as Columbia-Burbank rallied for a 4-2 non-league prep baseball victory.

"We had lots of opportunities," Irish coach Kim Cox said. "We had the bases loaded three times, including the seventh inning with nobody out, and we didn't get a run."

The loss dropped DeSales' season record to 7-2. The Irish take a 3-1 Southeast 2B District record into a weekend doubleheader against Dayton that is scheduled for Saturday at Ray Lane Field but might be moved up to Friday, Cox said. If the games are played Saturday, the first pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m. A Friday afternoon twin bill will start at 3:30 or 4, Cox said.

"Our administrators are watching the weather forecast," Cox explained. "Our softball team has already been rained out twice, and we avoided a rainout by playing a home doubleheader at Liberty Christian two weekends ago. People are getting so stacked up with makeup games, we can't take chances on any more rainouts."

A decision on the weekend schedule hasn't been made, Cox said, but it is his recommendation that the games be played Friday if weather permits. If not, then play the games Saturday if possible.

DeSales grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning Tuesday when Travis Haen doubled, took third base on Tommy Gregg's single and scored on a base hit by Victor Mata. The Irish then made it a 2-0 lead in the second on Brandon Arellano's double, a passed ball and a sacrifice fly by Haen.

But the Coyotes tied the game with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second and then took the lead with two more scores in the fifth. Kevin Ireland drilled an RBI triple in the Burbank second inning and scored on the first of Tim Ellis' three hits in the game.

"The fifth inning was more us than them," Cox said of Burbank's winning rally. "They had one triple in there, but we also had a throwing error that allowed a run to score."

While Mata and Logan Hoeft shared the pitching duties for DeSales, Burbank's Dylan Bertsh pitched a complete game.

"He was all right," Cox said of the Coyotes right-hander. "He had pretty good command and some decent off-speed stuff. We only had three or four guys strike out, we just didn't get anything of quality when we needed it."

Burbank 4, DeSales 2

DeSales 110 000 0 - 2 7 2

Burbank 020 020 x - 4 6 2

Mata, Hoeft (4) and Duehn; D. Bertsh and Ireland.

Hits - DeSales: Haen, Duehn, Gregg, Mata, Hoeft, B. Arellano, Galloway; Burbank: Smith, Ireland, Ellis 3, Shuttlesworth.

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