WALLA WALLA - The DeSales and Waitsburg-Prescott baseball teams split here at Ray Lane Field Tuesday afternoon.
W-P won the first game, a pitcher's duel, 2-1, and the Irish outscored W-P, 9-2, in the nightcap in Southeast 2B action.
The win for the Irish clinches a berth in the regional playoffs, and W-P is set to hold onto its third-place position to host a first-round, loser-out playoff match-up with the No. 4 team in the league next week.
The Irish (11-1 2B, 15-1 overall) got complete-game pitching performances from Logan Hoeft and Cameron Richman.
Both Irish starters allowed two runs in seven innings.
Hoeft gave up five hits, walked two, hit two batters and struck out six in a game-one loss.
Richman gave up four hits, struck out nine, walked two and hit a batter in the game-two victory.
"Both kids did a good job pitching in each game," Irish coach Kim Cox said. "In the first game, I really thought we'd hit a ball and we never did. We had all kinds of opportunities to score a bunch of runs, but we never did."
On the mound in game one for W-P, Zach Bartlow, struck out seven, scattered five hits, walked two, and gave up one unearned run.
"Zach is getting better and better each week on the hill," W-P coach Dustin Snedigar said. "It is encouraging to see him go out and compete well. He really doesn't give up a lot of freebies, a lot of walks and he throws lots of strikes."
Bartlow also had an RBI-single in the first inning to help the team out. Justin Zuger recorded an RBI-groundout in the inning, too.
Setting the table for the big boppers was Chris Manzano with a walk and Dalton Estes with a single. Both of those runners were knocked in to score.
It was 2-0 after the top of the first inning of game one and the Irish answered back with a single run in the bottom of the inning.
DeSales' Joe Duehn scored a run after singling, advancing on two wild pitches and scoring on a W-P fielding error off the bat of Spencer Cordeiro.
The scoring ceased for the rest of the game with Bartlow working a Houdini act with the bases loaded and nobody out for the Irish in the bottom of the fifth.
DeSales went quietly in the last two innings to suffer its first loss of the season.
In game two, DeSales' offense recorded six walks, accepted five hits batsmen and knocked nine base hits en route to scoring its nine runs.
W-P's defense helped out DeSales with four errors.
DeSales' Cordeiro had two singles for RBIs in the game. Duehn walked three times, scoring two runs and forcing in another with the bases loaded. Tim Caudill added an RBI double, a walk and a single.
Kyler Pommerening was hit by a pitch twice, doubled in a run and had two RBIs. Adam Eskil reached twice by virtue of the free pass.
"The pluses on the day is that the kids qualified for regionals by winning the second game," Cox said. "That is good, now we don't have to go to Asotin this weekend still needing to clinch that."
The Irish travel to Asotin Saturday for a twin bill, but need a sweep to win its league title.
W-P travels to St.John-Endicott for an 11 a.m. doubleheader Saturday.
W-P 200 000 0 - 2 5 2
DeSales 100 000 0 - 1 5 0
Bartlow and Alleman. Hoeft and Richman.
HR - none.
Hits - W-P: Manzano, Estes 2, Bartlow 2. DeS: Duehn, Richman, Haen, Josifek, Pommerening.
W-P 002 000 0 - 2 4 4
DeSales 220 032 x - 9 9 0
Herzog, Manzano (5), Acevedo (6), Larson (6) and Alleman. Richman and Duehn.
HR - W-P: Alleman.
Hits - W-P: Estes, Alleman, Larson, Rosenfeld. DeS: Haen, Cordeiro 2, Caudill 2, Hoeft, Pommerening, Richman, Josifek.