YAKIMA - DeSales ran its season baseball record to 8-0 here Tuesday at Zirkle Field as the Irish used timely hitting, near-perfect defense and steady pitching to defeat LaSalle 12-2 in a non-league game.
It's the first time DeSales has been undefeated this deep into the season in a number of years, according to veteran Irish coach Kim Cox. But Cox said he is only mildly surprised with his team's fast start.
"These kids work really hard and are fun to be around," Cox said. "They like baseball and are receptive to instruction. And so far they've played really decent.
"We are swinging it a little bit better than I thought we would," he added. "But I thought we would be pretty good defensively, and we have been. And our pitching has been good."
Logan Hoeft worked the first three innings on the mound for DeSales and allowed four hits and one run while striking out three and walking one. Cameron Richman pitched the final four frames, yielded two hits and one run, fanned two and walked one.
The Irish played errorless defense behind their two hurlers.
"Those two guys located pretty well," Cox said. "Between them they threw 92 pitches in seven innings, which we will gladly take.
"I thought Cameron pitched really well. He was never in any trouble and the only run they scored against him was on a passed ball."
DeSales collected just seven hits in the game, but they came at the right times.
Tim Caudill delivered a two-run single in the third inning and Cody Josifek drilled a run-scoring double in the sixth inning. In DeSales' six-run seventh inning, an inninig in which the Irish took advantage of two walks and a pair of LaSalle errors, Richman, Hoeft and Adam Eskil each came through with RBI singles.
DeSales never trailed in the game after scoring twice in the top of the first inning.
An error allowed Travis Haen to reach first base, Joe Duehn's single moved Haen to third and Caudill's sacrifice fly plated the first run. An RBI groundout by Richman accounted for the second.
DeSales travels to Dayton Friday to face the Bulldogs in a 3 p.m. Southeast 2B District doubleheader. The Irish are 4-0 in district games.
Cox also announced that a doubleheader against Liberty Christian that was rained out earlier in the season has been rescheduled for next Tuesday, although Cox wasn't sure if the games would be played at Ray Lane Field or in Richland.
Because of that schedule change, DeSales' originally scheduled non-league single game against La Grande has been moved from Tuesday to May 15 when the Tigers and the Irish will square off at 4 p.m. on the DeSales campus.
DeSales 12, LaSalle 2
DeSales 202 002 6 - 12 7 0
LaSalle 100 001 0 - 2 6 5
Hoeft, Richman (4) and Richman, Duehn (4); Smith, Stewart (4), Charbard (7) and Rodriguez.
Hits - DeSales: Haen, Duehn, Caudill, Richman, Hoeft, Josifek, Eskil; LaSalle: Rodriguez 2, Smith, Stewart, Willow, Wilson.