WALLA WALLA - The DeSales Irish rattled the bats here Wednesday afternoon to the tune of 11 runs to beat the La Grande Tigers by five runs, a score of 11-6 at Ray Lane field.
The Irish belted out 12 hits and gathered five walks to go with three bean balls.
The action officially started in the second inning, when the Irish picked up a single run. It was scored on a walk by Tim Caudill, a stolen base of second by Caudill and a one-run single by Dan Soloman.
Vic Mata started on the mound for DeSales, breezed through the first couple of innings and then struggled in the third inning.
Mata was taken out after four runs - three earned - scored by the Tigers in that inning.
Garrett Leahy relieved Mata in top of the third and allowed only one more run to score, which was credited to Mata. That fifth run was after Mata departed, but was charged to him. Leahy gave up a walk and RBI single in that inning of relief.
Leahy went two innings on the afternoon, and be charged with one run on three hits to go with three walks.
After the top of the third, it was 5-1 Tigers.
"That inning (the third) was an interesting inning," Irish coach Kim Cox said. "We let a couple of balls in the outfield get down on the ground. We didn't read the ball right off the bat, there was a little bit of wind and we didn't jump on them like we could have.
"Then, the nature of baseball occurred," he said. "You give them extra outs and they pound the ball with those outs. After a couple of lightly struck balls for hits, a kid comes out and smashes a ball to the fence. That was to be followed by more offense. That it is the way that it is supposed to be in baseball though, you're not supposed to get away with mistakes.
"Then, in the bottom of that inning, we come out and pound the ball. Most of the hits in the game for both teams occurred in that one inning."
The Irish committed only one error in the game, but several pop flies were misplayed or misread and dropped untouched for hits.
In total, the Irish had seven of their 11 hits in the third and the Tigers had five of their seven hits in that inning alone.
After struggling on the mound, Mata came up in the bottom of the third inning and smashed a three-run homer over the 342-foot sign in the left-field gap.
The home run closed the gap to 5-4 Tigers.
"That was a huge hit for us," Cox said, "We were done 5-1, and the 3-run homer got us back in the game. It got some of the other guys fired up and got us going. Vic has done that kind of thing a lot for us. He has been real steady and productive."
Following the Mata blast, the Irish weren't done.
Kyle Lindgren was hit by a pitch, Caudill collected an infield single, and Logan Hoeft doubled home Lindgren to tie it.
With two runners on, Brandon Arellano singled them both in to make it 7-5 Irish.
The hitting parade continued for DeSales as the Irish scored nine runs in the inning to make it 10-5.
While batting around, several Irish reached base twice in the inning.
Designated hitter Cody Josifek led off the inning with a single and walked later.
Travis Haen walked in front of the three-run homer and singled in a run of his own in the inning.
In addition to his homer in the third, Mata had a bases-loaded walk, forcing in another run.
After the third inning, the Tigers scoreed only one more run off Irish pitching - credited to Leahy.
Logan Hoeft of DeSales came in to pitch in the fifth inning and pitched 2 1/3 frames of no-hit, no-run ball. Hoeft walked one with one strikeout.
The Irish tacked on a single run in the fifth inning. Joe Duehn led off with a single, stole second and was knocked in by Caudill.
The Irish are now 6-0 overall and 2-0 in league.
They host a league doubleheader against Liberty Christian on Saturday starting at 11 a.m.
DeSales 11, La Grande 6
La Grande 005 910 0 - 6 7 1
DeSales 019 010 X - 11 12 1
Madsen, Jacobs (3), Lankford (3), Arnoldus (5) and Arnoldus, Wicklander (3), Madsen (5). Mata, Leahy (3), Hoeft (5) and Duehn, Mata (3), Duehn (5).
HR - Mata.
Hits - La Grande: Miller 2, Lankford, Lanman, Hively, Rogers, Stone. DeSales: Mata, Caudill 2, Soloman, Josifek, Haen, Hoeft 2, Arellano 2, Leahy, Duehn.