Waitsburg-Prescott, DeSales baseball teams advance to regionals

Waitsburg-Prescott defeats Dayton, 6-0, and DeSales crushes Asotin 18-3 to advance to regional competitions.

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WALLA WALLA - DeSales used a 15-run fourth inning to power its way to the Southeast 2B District 9 baseball crown Saturday afternoon at Borleske Stadium.

The Irish rallied from a 3-0, first-inning deficit to best Asotin, 18-4, in a game called after four-and-a-half innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.

DeSales, which claimed the league title a week earlier with a sweep at Asotin, will take a 19-2 record into one of four Class 2B regional tournaments to be held next Saturday. The Irish will once again compete at Borleske Stadium.

As District 9's No. 2 seed, Asotin will travel to Shadle Park High School in Spokane for regional action.

Earlier on Saturday, Waitsburg-Prescott earned the district's third and final seed to regional play and a trip to Adna with a 6-0 win over Dayton.

DeSales 18, Asotin 4

Cameron Richman started the Irish explosion in the bottom of the fourth when he lined an RBI single to left field.

Following a pair of bases-loaded walks, Adam Eskil hit a two-run single to right-center to give the Irish an 8-3 lead.

After another RBI free pass, Travis Haen unloaded a three-run double to left-center to make it 12-3.

Tim Caudill ripped a run-scoring single to left and, two bases-loaded walks later, Eskil ended the scoring barrage with a three-RBI triple to right.

Haen had an RBI double in the first and Richman contributed a run-producing single later in the frame to start the Irish comeback.

DeSales tied the game in the third when Caudill scored from second base on an infield hit by Logan Hoeft.

"They're a good team," DeSales coach Kim Cox said of Asotin. "We're not (18-4) better than Asotin. We could be playing each other in the final four if we both have good regional tournaments."

Richman and Eskil had three hits apiece for DeSales. Haen added two.

W-P 6, Dayton 0

W-P rode the three-hit pitching of Zach Bartlow to its elimination victory over the Bulldogs.

"Zach was on," W-P coach Dustin Snedigar said. "He's getting better. He knows how to get to strike one and how to compete. He wants the ball as much as possible."

"He pitched a heck of a game," Dayton coach Sal Benavides said of Bartlow. "He threw really well."

Bartlow helped his own cause with an RBI double to right-center in the fourth inning that broke a scoreless tie.

Chris Manzano started a four-run W-P rally in the fifth inning with an RBI single. A bases-loaded walk and an error produced the final three runs of the inning.

"We had more patience," Snedigar said. "Early on, we had some nerves and bad approaches. Then we started to work the count in our favor."

David Herzog's RBI groundout in the sixth resulted in the game's final run.

Manzano had three hits for W-P. Herzog and Kyle Dozier had two apiece.

"They put hits together when they had to and we couldn't get anything started," Benavides said.

DeSales 18, Asotin 4

Asotin 300 01 - 4 7 2

DeSales 201 (15)x - 18 12 1

Webb, Morton (4), Aa. Trimmell (4) and Parsons. Hoeft, Richman (4) and Richman, Duehn (4).

HR - none.

Hits - Asotin: McIntosh 2, Parsons, Webb, Morton, Aa. Trimmell, Schaefer; DeSales: Richman 3, Eskil 3, Haen 2, Hoeft, Pommerening, Cordeiro, Caudill.

W-P 6, Dayton 0

Dayton 000 000 0 - 0 3 1

W-P 000 141 x - 6 9 2

Smith and Fullerton. Bartlow and Alleman.

HR - none.

Hits - Dayton: Bickelhaupt, Turner, Schlachter; W-P: Manzano 3, Herzog 2, Dozier 2, Stevens, Bartlow.

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