Lyons fast-pitches Irish to sweep Indians

DeSales pitcher Ashlyn Lyons allows Touchet just four hits in the doubleheader.

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WALLA WALLA - DeSales won a pitching duel in the opener here Wednesday of a non-league softball doubleheader with Touchet.

Ashyln Lyons outdueled Nicole Brown as the Irish took the opener, 3-1.

The Irish took advantage of 10 walks and pounded out eight hits to complete the sweep with a five-inning, 13-3 win.

"To do that (sweep) from a good-coached team that Gary (Dorman, Touchet's coach) puts out every year is good to us," Irish coach Russ Vera said. "We needed a win to get some confidence."

The Irish scored three times in the first inning of the opener with a Lyons two-run double sparking the rally.

Brown, in the circle for the Indians, did not allow another Irish run and finished with a complete game while scattering eight hits.

Brown was good, but Lyons was better on this blustery afternoon. Lyons was only touched for one sixth-inning Indian run as she went the distance, allowed only two hits and struck out 11.

"Nicole (Brown) threw better than she had," Dorman said. "We made some mental errors in the first inning and they (DeSales) scored three runs and made it stand up."

Brown and Cheyenne Kentch picked up the Touchet hits.

Stephanie Ferrell and Lyons each had two hits to pace the Irish eight-hit attack.

A Josie Sewell single and aggressive base running from Melissa Creek and Sewell sparked the Indians to a two-run second in the nightcap. Taylor Jasperson's bunt single led off the Touchet third. Jasperson took advantage of errant Irish pitches to get around and score Touchet's third run as the Indians led 3-0 heading to the home third.

Ferrell, Molli Lesko and Lyons each singled to start the Irish third. A bases-loaded walk to Alex Buley, a Bobbie Prior ground ball and two Indian errors, and the Irish took the lead with a four-spot.

"It seems like that one mistake happens, then two happens, then three," Dorman said. "It kind of steam rolls. But, you have to make your breaks too. And credit to them, DeSales never let us get anything going."

DeSales sent 15 hitters to the plate in a nine-run fourth.

The Irish drew seven walks and got a two-run single from Prior to spark the uprising.

"These kids (Harlie Schaeffer, Makayla Bishop), in the second game, haven't pitched in three weeks," Dorman said. "They needed to get some work, and this (DeSales) is a good ball club. I had heard that DeSales was down a little, I know better than that. They are too well coached to be down long."

Lyons, in the circle for DeSales, settled in after a shaky second and third, and finished with a five-inning two hitter while striking out eight to earn her second win of the day.

Lesko and Lyons led the Irish offense with two hits each.

"Two two-hit games (in the circle). She (Lyons) came up big," Vera said. "We're starting to see some (others) come out (to back Lyons) and that's what we need. We're trying to get our girls to be more patient at the plate and that's what they did in the second game and took some walks."

The Indians return home to host Garfield-Palouse Saturday in a District 9 league double dip.

"I'm disappointed in the results, but not in the effort," Dorman said. "We're baby stepping. As we get games under our belt, we'll get better."

The Irish host an alumni game Saturday before returning to league play at Tri-Cities Prep Tuesday.

"We're a long way from getting to where I want (the team) to be," Vera said. "We're going to get there, and it (the sweep) is a start."

First Game

Touchet 000 001 0 - 1 2 2

DeSales 300 000 x - 3 8 1

Brown and Kentch; Lyons and Prior.

Hits - Touchet: Brown, Kentch; DeSales: Ferrell 2, Lesko, Lyons 2, Buley, Conley, Hamada.

Second Game

Touchet 021 00 - 3 2 2

DeSales 004 9x - 13 8 0

Schaeffer, Bishop (4), Brown (4) and Sewell; Lyons and Prior.

Hits - Touchet: Sewell, Jasperson; DeSales: Lesko 2, Lyons 2, Ferrell, Buley, Prior, Conley.

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