HERMISTON — Adam Eskil and Cam Richmond combined for a one-hit shutout here Tuesday as DeSales outclassed Hermiston 7-0 in a non-league prep baseball game.
The Irish pushed their early season record to 2-0 and will open Southeast 2B District play Saturday when they travel to Pasco for a pair of games against Tri-Cities Prep. The twin bill will be played at Gesa Stadium, with the first pitch slated for 11 a.m.
Eskil, a junior, got the start on the hill for the Irish Tuesday and worked two strong innings before running into some trouble in the third. He yielded a two-out single to Austin Kopacz and then walked the next two batters to load the bases.
Richmond, a sophomore, was then summoned to the mound. He struck out the next Hermiston hitter to douse the Bulldogs’ threat and was nearly perfect the rest of the way, not allowing a hit and walking just one batter while strikeout out five.
“Eskil got off to a pretty good start, but then he lost a couple of guys in the third and we brought in Richmond,” DeSales coach Kim Cox said. “And he was very good the rest of the way.”
The Irish pecked away from start to finish, scoring twice in the first inning, twice in the fourth, once in the fifth and then plating two insurance runs in the sixth. Eskil, Tim Caudill and Darryl Galloway had two hits each to pace DeSales’ 10-hit attack.
Galloway singled home DeSales’ first run and Logan Hoeft’s sacrifice fly brought home the second. Caudill contributed an RBI single in the fourth, Eskil’s first hit of the game produced a run in the fifth, and he and Galloway added run-scoring singles in the sixth.
“Overall, it was a good outing by our guys,” Cox said. “We hit some good balls, some deep balls, but the Hermiston kids are real athletic and their outfielders ran a lot of them down. I think their outfield defense is the strength of their team.
“But what pleased us the most is we got good pitching. Hemiston’s first six guys are all pretty good, players who already have colleges staked out. But we located well and went after them pretty good.”
Cox said that Eskil and Richmond would also be given mound assignments during this weekend’s doubleheader and that senior Logan Hoeft would also be worked into the mix.
“They are our top three guys,” the coach said. “They should all pitch Saturday.”
DeSales 7, Hermiston 0
DeSales 200 212 0 — 7 10 2
Hermiston 000 000 0 — 0 1 4
Eskil, Richmond (3) and Richmond, Duehn (3); DeMos, Couture (2), Rosales (2), Smith (6) and Hamblin.
Hits — DeSales: Elmenhurst, Haen, Caudill 2, Galloway 2, Richmond, Eskil 2, Pommerening; Hermiston: Kopacz.