WALLA WALLA — DeSales rode the pitching and hitting of Ashlyn Lyons into its Southeast 2B league opening doubleheader here Saturday.
Lyons threw all 12 innings, collected five hits in six plate appearances and led the Irish to a 12-2 and 10-3 sweep of Tri-Cities Prep.
The Jaguars pushed across two runs on a Kelsey Young RBI infield single and a sac fly from Valeria Nunez to tie the Irish 2-2 in the top of the fourth in the opener.
The Irish responded in their half of the inning. Lyons drew a walk to start the rally, before Kaylee Brown followed with a single and Claire Conley followed with a single to score Lyons and put DeSales up for good. Bri James added a two-run single and Lyons culminated the six-run Irish uprising with a two-run single as DeSales took control with a 7-2 lead after four.
“The first two games of the season, we hit real well,” Irish coach Russ Vera said. “Then we get in here and we’re not hitting. It took a couple of innings for our bats to come around. The girls were able to get our timing down and we got some hits when we needed it.”
The Irish offense continued as a Maddy Thomas bases loaded double highlighted a five-run Irish fifth to end this one via the 10-run rule.
Lyons went all the way in the circle and finished with a four-hitter, striking out four and walking none.
Lyons plunked the Jaguars’ lead off hitter, Mary Hoppes, with the first pitch of the second game. Victoria Nunez and Hayley Caidster produced back-to-back singles that sparked TCP to a 2-0 lead with the Irish coming to bat.
Teresa Acock opened the Irish first with a single, Thomas followed with a run-scoring triple, Lyons singled and Brown drove her to third with a single. Conley scored Lyons with a sac fly to center, and with one out, DeSales had taken the lead for good at 3-2.
Acock and Brown drove in second-inning runs with singles as DeSales increased the lead to 6-2 after two. A Lyons triple drove home Thomas, who singled to open the Irish fourth. DeSales stretched its lead to 9-2 after four.
In the circle, after the first, Lyons cruised to the finish — giving up just one unearned run in the sixth the rest of the way. Lyons struck out seven and in her 12 innings, only gave up one free pass, hitting Hoppes in the second game.
“Ashlyn had only pitched nine innings up to today,” Vera said of his senior southpaw. “She’s still a little rusty. She hasn’t had enough innings to really get going, but this will help.”
Acock led the 10-hit Irish offense with three hits in the second game. Thomas, Lyons and Brown chipped in two each.
“We’ve been working a lot on our hitting,” Vera said. “It’s still early and it took a couple of innings for us to get going (today). I have a positive outlook that we’re going to be fine (hitting-wise).”
The Irish host defending state 1B champion, Colton High School, Tuesday in a nonconference test.
“They are a good team,” Vera said. “We’re looking to some good competition.”
Tri-Cities Prep 000 20 — 2 5 3
DeSales 100 65 — 12 8 2
Vargas and Vi. Nunez; Lyons and Thomas.
HR — none.
Hits — TCP: Vi. Nunez, Young 2, Vargas, Hoppes; DeS: Lyons 3, Brown, Conley, B. James 2, Thomas.
Tri-Cities Prep 200 001 0 — 3 6 3
DeSales 331 210 x — 10 10 2
Vi. Nunez, Whitsett (2), Vargas (4), Va. Nunez (5) and Vargas, Vi. Nunez (2); Lyons and Thomas.
HR — none.
Hits — TCP: Vi. Nunez 2, Caidster 2, Jilek, Vargas; DeS: Acock 3, Thomas 2, Lyons 2, Brown 2, A. James.