HERMISTON - DeSales opened the baseball season here Tuesday night by plating three runs in each of the first three innings en route to a 10-6 non-league victory over Hermiston.
The Bulldogs scored single runs in those same three frames to fall behind 9-3 and could never make up that early deficit.
"Overall, I saw some good stuff," veteran Irish coach Kim Cox said. "I thought we were going to be pretty good defensively, and we were. And we needed to be because Hermiston is a good team that swings the bat pretty well. You can't give a team like that extra outs."
Cox singled out the defensive play of Tim Caudill at first base and Spencer Cordeiro at third.
"Caudill did a good job of digging out some balls at first," Cox said. "And Cordeiro was stellar at third. He made three great plays."
Cordeiro also had a pair of hits in the game and knocked in a pair of runs. Travis Haen also had two hits, including a leadoff single in the first inning that ignited the Irish attack. Adam Eskil contributed a key RBI single in the first inning, Caudill and Cordeiro had RBI singles in the second and two Hermiston errors figured into the Irish's three-run rally in the third.
DeSales added its final run in the fourth when Eskil walked, advanced to second on a passed ball and scored on Kyler Pommerening's base hit.
Logan Hoeft pitched the first five innings for DeSales to earn the victory. He scattered eight hits, walked two and struck out two. Cordeiro worked the final two innings.
"Hoeft struggled some in the bottom of the fifth and we had to take him out because of the pitch count," Cox said. "But I thought he located pretty well and didn't get behind hitters. It was a good first outing for him.
"And Cordeiro came in and threw some great pitches. He was pretty efficient, and he got them to chasing some balls."
Both of his pitchers were hurt by outfield fly balls that were lost in the lights, Cox said.
"It is not a very well lit field," Cox said. "They've got those old, yellowing lights. It's not a very good setup.
"We had practiced a little bit under our lights, but our lighting is so much better."
DeSales is off until next Tuesday when the Irish entertain Mac-Hi in a 4 p.m. non-league game at Ray Lane Field.
DeSales 10, Hermiston 6
DeSales 333 100 0 - 10 9 1
Hermiston 111 020 1 - 6 10 3
Hoeft, Cordeiro (6) and Richman; Schwirse, Lamaguer (2), Pollock (3), Campbell (5) and Hamelin.
Hits - DeSales: Haen 2, Caudill, Cordeiro 2, Hoeft, Eskil, Richman, Pommerening; Hermiston: Kopacz 2, Gabriel, Pollock 3, Campbell 2, Hamelin, Smith.