WALLA WALLA - DeSales took care of business in loser-out Southeast 2B District softball action Tuesday.
The Irish scored 16 runs in the third inning and Ashlyn Lyons threw a one-hitter as DeSales marched into Friday's second round of District play with a 22-1 win over Liberty Christian.
"Their pitcher (Kiersten Peterson) had a broken ring finger so she wasn't able to throw like she usually does," Irish coach Russ Vera said. "She was kind of lobbying it in and our girls were teeing off on it. We got a win and that's another step toward our goal of reaching the state tournament."
Singles by Molli Lesko and Lyons, plus two wild pitches, sent Irish to a 1-0 lead after one.
An RBI triple from Lyons keyed a three-run Irish second, and then the roof caved in on the Patriots in the home third.
Bobbie Prior started the Irish uprising with a lead-off single.
Prior also doubled in the inning as DeSales sent 22 hitters to the plate, collected six hits and scored 16 times.
Lyons added a two-run single and Megan Hamada collected a two RBI single to highlight the Irish inning.
"When a girl throws slow, the timing is off a bit," Vera said. "A couple of innings went by, we started to get our timing down, and we started hitting her."
For the Irish, it was a bounce back win of sorts as they were coming off less than a stellar performance last Friday in a 19-13 regular season ending win over the same Patriots.
"We didn't take them too seriously last time as we had 10-runned them in the first game (last Friday)," Irish all-league shortstop Stephanie Ferrell said. "We came out ready to play, hit well, and Ashlyn was on her game. It was a good game."
Lyons, who started but did not finish the second game last Friday, was ‘on her game' Tuesday.
Lyons retired the first 10 Patriots she faced before walking Sarah Croskrey. Croskrey stole second and third and scored on an overthrow to break up the shutout.
Lyons gave up a slow roller that Makota Seking beat out for an infield hit in the fifth, but finished her five-inning effort in the circle with a nine strikeout, one hit performance.
"Ashlyn had kind of a hard time (last Friday)," Vera said. "She got it straightened out."
The Irish advance to meet Asotin, a winner over Tekoa-Oakesdale-Rosalia Tuesday, in a game at 4 p.m. Friday at the Trac in Pasco.
The Irish, minus Devon Pommerening, who sprained an ankle in Tuesday's win and is doubtful for Friday, face a loser-out scenario. They must win their opener and then defeat the loser of Friday's Waitsburg-Prescott/Dayton game at 6 p.m. Friday.
Two Friday wins send the Irish to the 2B State Tournament May 27 in Yakima.
"We'll see some good pitchers," Vera said. "We know we can play with those teams. We'll see what team I have show up and we'll see what happens."
The Irish hitters will have to turn it up a notch to prepare for those "good pitchers" coming off the 22-1 win.
"We will have two days of practice to get ready," said Ferrell, one of only two upperclassmen (Alex Buley is the other junior) on the Irish roster. "We're excited."
DeSales 22, Liberty Christian 1
LC 000 10 - 1 1 5
DeSales 13(16) 2x - 22 11 2
Peterson, Higgins (3) and Croskrey; Lyons and Lesko.
Hits - LC: Sekine; DeS: Lesko 2, Lyons 4, Conley, Prior 2, Hamada, Buley.