ASOTIN - DeSales' baseball team wrapped up the Southeast 2B District 9 league championship here Saturday with a doubleheader sweep of previously undefeated Asotin.
The Irish, who finished league play 11-1 and are now 17-1 overall, built an 8-0 lead after three innings of game one and coasted to a 13-6 victory, the 600th of head coach Kim Cox's career.
DeSales rode the six-hit pitching of Cameron Richman to a 6-0 triumph in the nightcap, leaving the Panthers 10-2 in league and 17-2 overall.
Richman, Tim Caudill, and Logan Hoeft had five RBIs apiece on the day for the Irish and Joe Duehn, who collected seven hits in the twin bill, drove in three runs.
Duehn and Richman had four hits each in game one and Hoeft had two. Duehn had three hits in the nightcap while Caudill and Travis Haen slapped two apiece.
Cox is now just one-of-three Washington high baseball coaches with 600 victories.
"We felt really good about the mentality of the kids," DeSales assistant coach Mike Postlewait said. "They worked really hard in practice this week, We asked them to compete and they competed very well. Our pitchers hit their spots.
"This is a playoff atmosphere now," Postlewait said. "When you go in with your back against the wall and win, it's a credit to the kids for doing what they needed to do."
Next up for the Irish is a non-league test at La Grande on Tuesday.
DeSales 314 001 4 - 13 14 1
Asotin 000 023 1 - 6 9 0
Hoeft and Richman; Webb, Loseth (6) and Parsons.
HR - none.
Hits - DeSales: Duehn 4, Richman 4, Hoeft 2, Caudill, Haen, Cordeiro, Pommerening; Asotin: Trimmell 2, Loseth, McIntosh, Parsons, Webb, Morton, A. Hurst, I. Hurst.
DeSales 004 000 2 - 6 9 0
Asotin 000 000 0 - 0 6 1
Richman and Duehn; Trimmell, Morton (3) and Parsons.
HR - none.
Hits - DeSales: Duehn 3, Haen 2, Caudill 2, Richman, Pommerening; Asotin: Parsons 2, Morton, A. Hurst, Trimmell, Schaefir.