Dayton, DeSales headed to state softball tourney, W-P season ends

Dayton defeats Waitsburg-Prescott for the No. 1 seed, while DeSales picks up the No. 2 seed in Friday's district action.

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PASCO - Dayton topped Waitsburg-Prescott in a Southeast 2B softball seeding game Friday at the TRAC.

Dayton picked up the 12-6 win to take the No. 1 SE2B seed to the Class 2B state tournament in Yakima next week.

"We have accomplished all our goals this year, the rest is just for fun," said Dayton head coach Terry Robins.

Dayton's Kayla Turner pitched the complete-game win for the Bulldogs, giving up the six runs on 10 hits.

"She threw a very solid game," said Dayton assistant coach Desirae Jones. "She moved the ball well and kept everyone on their toes."

Dayton charged to a 6-0 lead after two innings and never looked back. W-P, the No. 1 seed before the game due to a draw early in the season, scored two in the bottom of the third but never got closer. Dayton and W-P were co-league champions.

"Our girls came out very determined and focused on every play," Jones said. "We faltered a few times in the game, but really didn't get rattled. Every girl contributed and that was a big factor."

The Bulldogs are 16-3 on the season.

Game times and opponents will be determined today.

Dayton 12, W-P 6

Dayton 330 103 2 - 12 13 6

W-P 002 100 3 - 6 10 4

Turner and Umeda; Nichols and Baker.

HR - none.

Hits - Day: Turner, Harting, Umeda 4, Tate 3, Smith 2, Lyman, Huwe. W-P: Hafen, Goenen 3, Moon, S. Wilson, Baker, Hofer, A. Wilson, Oseth.

Irish top Asotin, W-P

DeSales needed two wins at districts Friday night to continue its softball season.

And the Irish performed, topping Asotin, 13-3, in six innings and then Southeast 2B league champions Waitsburg-Prescott, 7-3, to punch their card to Yakima next week.

DeSales coach Russ Vera credited the wins to productive at-bats. The Irish had 13 hits in both games.

"Our bats have been coming alive over the last six or seven games," Vera said. "Our batting coach, Brian Hamada, has been working very hard with the girls in the batting cage and it's paying off. It shows in the games."

Hamada's work has been especially evident in the bottom of the lineup, Vera said.

DeSales charged to a 2-0 lead over Asotin after two innings in Friday's first game, and though Asotin put up three in the top of the second, they couldn't compete.

DeSales tied it in the bottom of the third and went on to the win, with Ashlyn Lyons pitching the complete game. Lyons had 11 strikeouts.

Bobbie Prior and Alex Buley had three RBI each in the win.

"We came out and played good defense and hit the ball well," Vera said.

With one win down, DeSales would need another, against Southeast 2B league champions Waitsburg-Prescott, to get the second berth to state.

"We knew it would be a tough game, but the girls came out, scored early and the bats were alive," Vera said.

DeSales built a 6-0 lead after three, and W-P never caught up.

Lyons had 14 strikeouts in the second game, giving up three hits - including a two-run homer off W-P's Hailey Goenen - in W-P's three runs on the day.

"Playing this game against Waitsburg-Prescott lets the girls know they came play with anyone," Vera said. "They can hit the ball and play defense when they need to."

Brackets will be determined late today. The state meet is Friday and Saturday in Yakima.

DeSales 13, Asotin 3

Asotin 030 000 - 3 4 1

DeSales 210 361 - 13 13 2

Mullins and Ambrosen; Lyons and Lesko.

Hits - Aso: Martin 2, Gale, Storey. DeS: Ferrell 2, Lesko 2, Lyons 2, Buley 2, Prior 3, Conley, Hamada.

DeSales 7, Waitsburg-Prescott 3

W-P 000 102 0 - 3 3 1

DeS 411 000 1 - 7 13 1

Moss and Baker; Lyons and Lesko.

HR - H. Goenen (W-P, inside the park, 2-run homer)

Hits - W-P: Hafen, Goenen, Moss. DeS: Ferrell 2, Lesko, Lyons, Prior 2, James 2, Conley 3, Hamada, Roach.

W-P softball season ends

For Waitsburg-Prescott, it was a disappointing end to a season that saw them take a co-league championship with Dayton.

"Dayton and DeSales both out hit us with runners on base," W-P coach Angie Potts said. "We had our opportunities but we didn't move them around when we need to.

This was the first trip to the playoffs for the whole W-P team, Potts said.

"I'm pretty proud of the girls," she said. "The girls have done a lot and set a pretty high standard for future teams. We have a pretty strong younger group that will keep us in the top for three years to come."

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