Irish defeat Asotin for 17th state championship

Freshman Cam Richman pitches a complete two-hitter as DeSales picks up its first title since 2008.

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ELLENSBURG - For the DeSales baseball program, Rotary Field proved to be the scene for No. 17.

The 2012 Irish claimed the program's 17th Class 2B state championship and its first since 2008 here Saturday afternoon with a 9-2 triumph over Southeast 2B District 9 rival Asotin behind the complete-game, two-hit pitching of freshman Cam Richman, who struck out six and walked two over seven innings.

"We all played as a team today," said Richman. "We're all pretty much brothers. We love to be around each other."

"Cam has been outstanding the entire year," DeSales coach Kim Cox said. "He's the biggest reason why we were here.

"There is a lot of special chemistry on this team," Cox said. "They're all good friends and work well together."

DeSales, which entered Saturday's game with only one senior on its roster, third baseman Spencer Cordeiro, ended its season with an overall mark of 23-2.

"We bonded a lot," Cordeiro said. "We played more like a team this year. Next year, and in the following years, they'll be able to do the same."

Asotin concluded its year at 21-4. All four of its losses came to the Irish. The Panthers were swept by DeSales in a regular-season home doubleheader and were beaten by the Irish in the district title contest two weeks ago at Borleske Stadium.

DeSales jumped in front on Saturday during the top of the second inning. Travis Haen earned a bases-loaded walk and Cordeiro was hit by a pitch to force in the second run of the frame.

The Irish blew the game open with a five-run fourth inning. Catcher Joe Duehn started the scoring when he punched a two-run single to center field, Haen and Cordeiro followed with back-to-back RBI doubles to left-center, and Richman lofted a sacrifice fly to right to give DeSales a 7-0 lead.

Duehn led off the Irish sixth with a double, moved to third on a Haen groundout, and scored on a sacrifice fly to left by Cordeiro that made it 8-0.

Darryl Galloway brought home the final Irish run of the day with a seventh-inning sacrifice fly to center.

Asotin scored its two runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Haen and Duehn led DeSales with two hits apiece.

"This is a cool deal," Cox said. "This is a group of guys that are pretty selfless. They'll do anything needed to get their teammates in a position to win."

"We try to do our jobs and when the time comes, get it done," Richman said.

"Cam's a great player," Duehn said. "It's been a joy catching him all year. I can't wait to come out next year and catch him again.

"We don't care how it gets done as long as it gets done," Duehn said. "I'm looking forward to next year. With eight returning starters, it's going to be a great year."

Earlier on Saturday, Mossyrock blanked Toutle Lake, 8-0, in the third- and fourth- places game.

DeSales 9, Asotin 2

DeSales 020 501 1 - 9 6 0

Asotin 000 002 0 - 2 2 1

Richman and Duehn; Morton, J. Trimmell (4) and Parsons.

HR - none.

Hits - DeSales: Haen 2, Duehn 2, Josefik, Cordeiro; Asotin: Prior, Webb.

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