Irish take two SE2B softball games from Waitsburg-Prescott

DeSales takes a pair of 6-5 victories from visiting Waitsburg-Prescott Tuesday.

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WALLA WALLA - Five runs in the third inning of the opener and an RBI base knock by eighth-grader Cara Hall in the nightcap helped lift DeSales to a pair of 6-5 victories over Southeast 2B-leading Waitsburg-Prescott Tuesday afternoon.

DeSales, which has games with Liberty Christian and Asotin remaining on its schedule, is now 7-1 on the season.

W-P has already wrapped up a berth into the state playoffs, but falls to 8-4 on the season.

Despite the similar scores, DeSales arrived at its victories in different ways. The Irish won the front end after building a 6-0 lead through three innings and withstanding W-P rallies in the fourth and sixth innings.

The nightcap, on the other hand, was a see-saw affair.

DeSales took a 2-1 lead after the first inning, but a three-run rally in the sixth gave W-P a 5-4 lead (its first and only of the day). An RBI single from Assumption student Cara Hall capped a two-run, game-winning rally in the bottom of the inning.

Sophomore Ashlyn Lyons pitched a complete game in the opener and pitched all but the fifth and sixth innings in the nightcap to pick up a pair of wins.

Lyons, who is still suffering from a back injury, struck out 13 batters on the day while walking six and giving up 11 hits.

W-P coach Angie Potts said her team enjoyed facing Lyons.

"We've always liked hitting off her because she is a good pitcher," Potts said. "I hate to say it, but it's easier to go against a good pitcher than it is a bad pitcher, because bad pitchers are so inconsistent, where Ashlyn's good and she has a lot of control."

W-P's Jen Nichols pitched complete games in both losses. She struck out two and gave up just one walk on the day.

"It's the first time we've used her for both games," Potts said of Nichols. "She's a strong pitcher. She does a good job, she doesn't get rattled, she doesn't get down. We knew we were going to use her for both tonight and she did a good job."

DeSales scored in the first frame of the opener.

Molli Lesko doubled up the middle and advanced to third on an Ashlyn Lyons single. She scored on a wild pitch to bring the score to 1-nil, but the Irish threat ended after a pop-out and Lyons was caught in a rundown.

Eighth-grader Cassidy Meliah keyed a five-run rally in the third with a base hit between third and short stop. She was followed by four straight singles from Brittney Postlewait, Teresa Acock, Lesko and Ashlyn Lyons. Nichols escaped the inning after a RBI sacrifice fly from Allesyn Lyons and a pair of groundouts.

Momentum shifted in W-P's favor in the fourth after a pair of errors led to a two-RBI single from Hailey Goenen. Heidi Miller capped the inning with an RBI single to score Goenen.

W-P loaded the bases in the fifth, off a Lesko error and singles from Dionna Baker and Goenen, but failed to score thanks to a nice throw from right fielder Bobbi Prior after a flyout and a slow-roller that Ashlyn Lyons fielded and tossed to first for another out.

An Enedina Fuentes double that reached the right-field wall, a Sam Moss single and a pair of walks pulled W-P within one, 6-5, in the sixth, but Ashlyn Lyons struck out two and got Sam Henze to ground out in the seventh to end the game.

DeSales coach Russ Vera said youth played a role in allowing W-P back into the opener.

"We're a very young team, they played travel ball, but they're still learning," Vera, whose team started four eighth graders, said. "I don't think we got complacent, I just think that Waitsburg came back and chipped away and we made some mental mistakes to let them get some of those runs, but the main thing is we got the win.

"We're peaking right now in my opinion, and this is the right time to peak - right before districts," Vera said.

The Irish visit Asotin Saturday at 11 a.m. for a twin bill. W-P travels to Weston-McEwen to face the TigerScot JV squad Thursday and has a doubleheader in Echo, Ore. at 11 a.m. Saturday.

First Game

W-P 000 302 0 - 5 8 1

DeSales 105 000 x - 6 12 3

Nichols and Baker; Lyons and Postlewait.

HR - none.

Hits - W-P: Moss, Baker, Goenen 2, Chapman 2, Miller, Fuentes; DeS: Acock 2, Lesko 2, As. Lyons 2, C. Conley, Meliah 2, Postlewait.

Second Game

W-P 101 003 0 - 5 6 3

DeSales 201 012 x - 6 11 1

Nichols and Baker; Lyons and Postlewait.

HR - none.

Hits - W-P: Moss, Goenen, Chapman, Fuentes 2; DeS: Acock, Lesko, As. Lyons, Prior 2, Conley 2, James 2, Postlewait.

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