DeSales takes care of W-P in SE2B softball twin bill, 8-1, 8-0

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PRESCOTT — DeSales High School played what it hopes will be a preview of the District 9 softball championship game Tuesday and soundly defeated host Waitsburg-Prescott in both ends of a Southeast 2B doubleheader, 8-1 and 8-0.

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DeSales first baseman Allesyn Lyons (left) spins and steps in for the tag-out on a pickoff play of a Waitsburg-Prescott runner Tuesday afternoon in Prescott.

DeSales (10-0 SE2B, 16-4) secured the regular-season title and the No. 1 seed into districts with the win as Waitsburg-Prescott (8-2 SE2B) fell into second place in league and will hold the No. 2 seed into districts.

The first round of districts is slated to begin Tuesday with the No. 3 seed taking on the No. 6 seed, and No. 4 taking No. 5 at the higher-ranked team’s field.

The winners of those games will move on to the championship tournament to face DeSales and W-P the following Friday, May 10, at the Mill Creek Sports Complex.

Other than bragging rights, that tournament will determine seeding into the District 7/9 regional tournament to be held in Spokane on May 18, as all four teams playing will go to the regional tourney.

The top six teams from regionals make the state playoffs.

On Tuesday, DeSales was dominant.

Pitcher Ashlyn Lyons, who went the distance in both outings, scattered seven hits in the first game, but gave up just a single run — a Samantha Moss home run in the first. She struck out three batters in the first game.

In the second game, she pitched a three-hit shutout while fanning nine.

She didn’t walk a batter in either game.

Equally as important, the Irish went the full twin bill without committing an error.

“Ashlyn pitched real well yesterday,” DeSales coach Russ Vera said. “She was hitting her spots and she just just pitched tremendous yesterday. And when they did get the bat on the ball, our defense played great. They backed her up when they needed to.”

The Irish racked up nine hits in the first game and 11 in the night cap.

“That’s what we need — we need girls to step up and get hits — and that’s what they did yesterday,” Vera said.

Lyons had five hits in the doubleheader. Brittany Postlewait and Teresa Acock each collected two hits in the opener, and Molli Lesko rapped out three more base hits in the nightcap.

“I think we just came out and hit the ball,” Vera said. “I think they’re a good, solid team; we just got the runs early and kept the pressure on them.

“But Waitsburg is a solid team,” he continued. “I have no doubt in my mind that if W-P plays the way they’re capable of and we play the way we’re capable of, that we will meet in the district championship.”

W-P coach Angie Potts said her team needs to clean up the errors, of which Waitsburg-Prescott had nine in the doubleheader.

“We had more errors than we should have, but DeSales hit the ball real well,” Potts said. “So you can’t take anything away from how they played. We weren’t terribly disappointed with how we played, I just wish that we could have hit the ball better and moved more runners in to score.”

First Game

DeSales 113 300 0 — 8 9 0

W-P 100 000 0 — 1 7 5

As. Lyons and Postlewait. Nichols and Brannock.

HR — W-P: Moss.

Hits — DeSales: Lesko, As. Lyons 2, Postlewait 2, Brown, Zander, Acock 2. W-P: Moss 2, Miller, Hofer, Henz, Fedderson, Harshman.

Second Game

DeSales 200 021 3 — 8 11 0

W-P 000 000 0 — 0 3 4

As. Lyons and Postlewait. Nichols and Brannock.

Hits — W-P: Brannock, Moss, Fedderson. DeSales: Al. Lyons, Lesko 3, As. Lyons 3, Zander, Prior, Acock, Hall.

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