Irish shut out Asotin in District 9 championship

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WALLA WALLA — Cam Richman tossed a four-hit complete game while teammates Joe Duehn and Riley Roach collected three hits apiece Saturday afternoon to lead defending state champion DeSales to a 6-0 victory over Asotin in the title game of the District 9 Class 2B baseball tournament at Borleske Stadium.

The win earned the Irish a first seed into next weekend’s regional championships. DeSales will stay in town and compete at Murr Sports Park.

DeSales scored twice in the home half of the first inning of Saturday’s championship game. With one out, Travis Haen was hit by a pitch, Adam Eskil reached base safely on an Asotin error, and Tim Caudill was struck by an Aaron Trimmell delivery to load the bases.

Richman followed by scorching a line-drive double past third base and down the left-field line that brought in the first two runs of the game.

“He left one right down the middle and I put a good swing on it,” Richman said.

“I hardly saw it go by,” DeSales coach Kim Cox said. “He hit it hard.”

Asotin loaded the bases with one out in the second. But Richman — who struck out nine and issued four walks, three in the first inning-and-a-third — wiggled off the hook after Erik Loseth hit into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.

“My mechanics were a little off,” Richman said of his early struggles. “But we got that fixed up.

“That was nice,” Richman said of the inning-ending twin killing. “I want to thank all of my teammates. They did a great job, especially Joe.”

The Irish tallied their next two runs in nearly identical fashion.

In the second inning, Roach led off with a single to center, was sacrificed to second by Ky Pommerening, and crossed the plate on a Duehn single to left that put DeSales in front 3-0.

During the Irish fourth, Roach started things off with a hit to left before advancing to second on a Pommerening bunt and punching the pay station on a left-field hit by Duehn — who scored on a passed ball later in the frame to bring the score to 5-0.

“With Cam on the mound, we were trying to work for a run every inning and stay on top,” Cox said. “We did a good job of executing the short game.

“Riley has come on offensively in the last half of the season,” Cox said. “He’s getting opportunities and is taking advantage of them.”

The Panthers threatened to spoil Richman’s shutout bid in the sixth inning when they placed runners at second and third with one out. But the sophomore right-hander got Ian Hurst to pop out to shortstop and Trimmell to foul out to first to extricate himself from trouble.

DeSales picked up its final run in the last of the sixth on a bases-loaded bloop single to center by Haen.

DeSales 6, Asotin 0

Asotin 000 000 0 — 0 4 2

DeSales 210 201 X — 6 8 0

Trimmell, Magnuson (2) and Schaefer; Richman and Duehn.

HR — none.

Hits — Asotin: Magnuson 2, Schiebe, Morton; DeSales: Duehn 3, Roach 3, Haen, Richman.

Irish to play regionals at Murr

The Class 2B regional championships at Murr Sports Park, one of four such tournaments scheduled for next Saturday, will commence with a 10 a.m. contest between Riverside Christian and the No. 2 seed from District 7 — which will be determined Monday.

DeSales will face Kittitas at 1 p.m.

The winners will play for the regional crown at 4 p.m.

Asotin bounced back to claim the No. 2 seed Saturday in the District 9 tournament with an 11-1 victory over Tri-Cities Prep. The Panthers will travel to Avista Stadium in Spokane and the Jaguars will trek to Mossyrock High School next weekend for regional competition.

In game one of Saturday’s district tripleheader at Borleske, Tri-Cities Prep kept its season alive with a 1-0, loser-out triumph over Tekoa-Oakesdale-Rosalia.

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