WALLA WALLA — Logan Hoeft and Adam Eskil shared the pitching duties Tuesday at Ray Lane Field as DeSales disposed of Columbia-Burbank 15-2 in a non-league prep baseball game that was halted after five innings on the 10-run mercy rule.
The Irish improved to 10-2 with the victory heading into Saturday’s 11 a.m. Southeast 2B District doubleheader against Tekoa-Oakesdale-Rosalia, also at Ray Lane. DeSales is 5-1 in league games.
Hoeft, who missed his pitching start last weekend against Asotin because he wasn’t feeling well, tossed the first four innings Tuesday before handing the ball off to Eskil, who had started the game against the Panthers in place of Hoeft.
“Logan was our most rested guy, so we gave him the ball,” Cox said of the decision to start Hoeft in the non-league game. “He had a typical outing, kept the ball down and got outs. He was never really in any trouble.”
Hoeft and staff ace Cam Richman will most likely draw the starting assignments this weekend against the Nighthawks, Cox indicated.
DeSales collected nine hits on the day, with Travis Haen and Darryl Galloway chalking up two hits each. Galloway had a two-run double in the first inning when the Irish scored three times to wipe out an early 1-0 deficit.
Eskil cranked out a two-run double in a seven-run third inning that put the game out of reach. Hoeft also doubled in that big third inning, and Tim Caudill’s RBI single capped the scoring in the bottom of the fourth.
DeSales 15, Burbank 2
Burbank 101 00 — 2 4 4
DeSales 347 1x — 15 9 1
Warthenburger, Barajas (2), Ellis (4) and Kotwitz; Hoeft, Eskil (5) and Richman.
Hits — Burbank: Barajas, Reardon 2, Donovan Purcifield; DeSales: Pommerening, Haen 2, Caudill, Galloway 2, Eskil, Hoeft, Roach.