WALLA WALLA — DeSales High School took advantage of early-season wildness from the Weston-McEwen pitching corps to score nine first-inning runs here Thursday in a non-league baseball battle.
The Irish went on to a 13-0 win as Cam Richman, Adam Eskil and Logan Hoeft combined to throw a five-inning, one-hit shutout while fanning nine, walking one and hitting one.
“We’ve got a good (pitching) staff,” Irish coach Kim Cox said. “They return from last year and are pretty experienced. That (experience) is a real big plus.”
DeSales took advantage of six walks and four hit batsman to send 14 hitters to the plate in the first inning. The Irish got sacrifice flies from Tim Caudill and Darryl Galloway to go with RBI singles from Eskil and Richman to jump to a 9-0 start.
“We have some young guys pitching-wise,” TigerScot coach T.J. Haguewood said. “We’ve had older guys that were the main pitchers during the last three years, and some of these guys haven’t seen too many JV games to actually throw. We have a solid defense (as shown by left fielder Michael Guerrero’s over-the-shoulder grab of a fourth-inning drive off the bat of DeSales’ Logan Hoeft) with a lot of returners from our state championship run. We’ve just got to be able to let them hit the ball. When we let them hit the ball, we give ourselves a chance to be successful. If you give them free passes, you can’t do anything.”
Calvin Thacker wrapped Richman’s second pitch of the game up the middle for the TigerScots’ first and only hit of the game. The Irish offense was patient and used only five hits to do its damage. Ky Pommerening lashed a double and a single to lead the DeSales’ hitters.
Matt Jubb knocked in a run with a third-inning sacrifice fly, the third of the game for the Irish, as DeSales opened defense of its state championship with the five-inning win.
“On offense, you’re always working on improving,” Cox said. “You don’t expect to see a lot in the first game. The one thing we didn’t do was chase a bunch of bad stuff. We were disciplined. They wanted to swing the bat, but sometimes didn’t get a good pitch during an at-bat, and they didn’t lose their mind and start chasing.”
The TigerScots drop to 1-1, and expect to learn from this one and be ready for the league season.
“We’re going to work on some stuff,” Haguewood said. “We’ll make sure we throw strikes consistently. We’ll battle through it. It’s early and we’ve had this type of loss before. We’ll use it as a stepping stone and come back up and battle in our league.”
The Irish travel to Hermiston Tuesday to play the Oregon 5A Bulldogs.
“This team is the best team of depth I’ve ever had,” Cox said. “There are a lot of guys that can play a lot of different positions equally well. Hermiston is always a fun match for us. We’ll see some good arms and some guys that can really swing.”
DESALES 13, WESTON-MCEWEN 0
W-M 000 00 — 0 1 2
DeSales 922 0x — 13 5 0
C. Thacker, Pease (1), Crosswell (2) and Hall; Richman, Eskil (3), Hoeft (5) and Duehn, Richman (3).
HR — none.
Hits — W-M: C. Thacker; DeS: Eskil, Richman 2, Pommerening 2.