Pitching reigns supreme for Irish

DeSales' Ali Zander and the ball race to second base during second-inning action Thursday afternoon as the Irish take on Colfax.

DeSales' Ali Zander and the ball race to second base during second-inning action Thursday afternoon as the Irish take on Colfax.


WALLA WALLA — Pitching reigned supreme during a Class 2B high school softball doubleheader Thursday afternoon at DeSales High School between the Irish and visiting Colfax Bulldogs.

Junior southpaw Ashlyn Lyons tossed a two-hit shutout and struck out eight in the opener while Bobbie Prior collected two hits in a 3-0 DeSales victory.

Eighth-grade righty Kaylee Brown scattered seven hits in the nightcap and Lyons, Bri James, and Cara Hall swatted two hits apiece as the Irish completed the sweep with a 4-2 triumph.

Thursday’s wins improved DeSales’ record to 5-1 and dropped the Bulldogs to 1-3.

“Ashlyn and Kaylee pitched real well,” DeSales coach Russ Vera said. “They both hit their spots. Ashlyn’s velocity and location were right on spot. We wanted to see what Kaylee could do against a good team.

“The girls played pretty well,” Vera said. “We should’ve hit better, but getting two wins is a good way to go into spring break.”

Prior broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the second inning of game one with an RBI single to right field, a hit she punched through the right side of the Colfax infield.

“That was a good way to start the game,” Vera said. “She’s been struggling, but seemed to get her swing back and put the ball in play.”

Ali Zander, who missed the previous two seasons because of a knee injury, brought home DeSales runs two and three in the last of the third with a double to left.

“She’s still a little rusty, but she’s anxious to get out there and play,” Vera said of Zander. “You couldn’t tell she had a knee injury the way she ran the bases.”

The Irish claimed the upper hand in the second game with three second-inning runs. James knocked in the first run with a single to right. The second and third tallies crossed the plate on wild pitches.

“She’s swinging the bat well,” Vera said of James. “We inserted her in (the lineup) and she came through.”

DeSales got its last run of the day in the fifth.

The Bulldogs cut the Irish lead to two, 4-2, by scoring a pair runs in the sixth inning.

Colfax put two runners on with two outs in the seventh. But Brown got Kori Goodwin to bang into a six-unassisted fielder’s choice to end the contest.

The next competition for the Irish occurs on April 6 when they host Adna.

First Game

Colfax 000 000 0 — 0 2 3

DeSales 012 000 X — 3 5 2

Eng and Robinson; Lyons and Postlewait.

HR — none.

Hits — Colfax: Knaack, Robinson; DeSales: Prior 2, Lyons, Zander, Acock.

Second Game

Colfax 000 002 0 — 2 7 2

DeSales 030 010 X — 4 7 1

Cloninger and Robinson; Brown and Postlewait.

HR — none.

Hits — Colfax: Goodwin 2, MacDonald, Robinson, Cloninger, Aeschliman, Lewis; DeSales: Lyons 2, B. James 2, Hall 2, Lesko.


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