RICHLAND - DeSales earned a split with Liberty Christian Tuesday in Southeast 2B softball play.
Ashlyn Lyons pitched a two-hitter in the opener and the Irish bats lit up the Patriots for 13 hits as DeSales won an 11-0 decision.
In the nightcap, the Irish were limited to six hits and two runs as the Patriots posted a 7-2 victory.
The league loss is only the second of the year for DeSales (14-4, 10-2).
Having already wrapped up a ticket to the district championship and a SE2B regular-season title, DeSales coach Russ Vera said the Irish focused on getting some of the backups experience heading into the postseason.
"Pretty much everybody got a hit that was in the lineup (in the opener)," Vera said. "We had a lot of reserves in the first game trying to get some playing time before we go to state, and they performed well."
The Irish had largely the same lineup in in game two, but struggled to find the gaps on offense, batting just six hits, and gave up four errors on defense.
"In the second game we tried to keep the girls in to get them a little more playing time," Vera said. "Getting six hits, you're not going to win too many games. This is a learning experience for our girls.
The Irish host a non-league doubleheader with Irrigon Friday at 3 p.m. before facing Waitsburg-Prescott in the district championship May 18.
Although the championship will determine seeding into the state playoffs, the state tournament is a blind draw.
"I'd like to win that district championship, we haven't won one in the four years I've been coaching here, but the seeding is a blind draw, Vera said. "To us it doesn't matter what seed we have."
DeSales 331 22 - 11 13 1
Liberty Ch. 000 00 - 0 2 4
As. Lyons and Postlewait; K. Peterson and Croskey.
HR - none.
Hits - DeSales: Acock 2, Lesko, As. Lyons 3, Al. Lyons 2, C. Conley, Hall, Meliah, J. Conley, Postlewait; Liberty Christian: K. Peterson, R. Walker.
DeSales 100 100 0 - 2 6 4
Liberty Ch. 300 130 X - 7 5 2
Al. Lyons, Hall (6) and Postlewait, Al. Lyons (6); K. Peterson and Croskey.
HR - K. Peterson.
Hits - DeSales: Acock, Lesko, As. Lyons, Al. Lyons, James, Postlewait; Liberty Christian: K. Peterson 2 (2B HR), C. Grant, F. William, Berg.