Irish clinch third consecutive title

DeSales centerfielder Darryl Galloway prepares to join his teammates' celebration after the Irish captured their third consecutive state title.

DeSales centerfielder Darryl Galloway prepares to join his teammates' celebration after the Irish captured their third consecutive state title.

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CENTRALIA — The DeSales Irish baseball won its third state title in as many years against Napavine on Saturday.

The championship is also the 19th career state title for Irish head coach Kim Cox.

The Irish dominated its final two opponents here Friday and Saturday in the semifinals and finals, respectively.

DeSales cruised through the semifinals, 13-0 over Adna, behind pitcher Adam Eskil’s one-hit shutout.

Eskil also contributed four hits and three RBIs in the win. Shortstop Isaiah Standard had three base knocks — two singles and a double to go with four RBIs.

“Between the two of them (Eskil and Standard), they did a lot of damage,” Cox said. “Isaiah had a great offensive game and made some great plays in the field.”

The Irish also had very little trouble with Napavine Saturday in the championship game, winning 12-2.

“Over the weekend, we played with a very competitive mentality,” Cox said. “Every time we walked or they made a mistake, we capitalized on everything.”

On the mound, Cam Richman struck out 11 and walked only two.

“Our good pitching was the key to the whole weekend,” Cox said.

In the title game, the Irish had nine hits and nine walks on offense.

A pair of seniors — Eskil and Matt Jubb — provided some offense in the game. Jubb had a pair of hits and two RBIs. Eskil had two RBIs on the day with a base knock.

Connor Richard added two hits and one RBI. The DeSales’ defense was crisp in both games, as the Irish only committed only one error in each game.

“Our defense had been very solid all year and we played exceptional over the weekend,” Cox said.

The Irish will graduate three seniors this season — Eskil, Jubb and Daryl Galloway.

“(He) has been our top offensive performer over the last couple of years, that could play anywhere,” Cox said of Eskil. “We had a hole at pitcher and third base and he stepped up.”

“(Jubb) was a really good first basemen and left-handed bat who was great in the final four this year and we will miss him,” Cox added.

“(Galloway was) a great outfielder and hitter that could really run the bases,” Cox said.

DeSales will return six starters, all juniors from this year’s team, back for next season.

DeSales 12, Napa Vine 2

DeS 200 201 7 — 12 9 1

NV 000 200 0 — 2 4 2

Richman and Leahy. Stanley, Lindsey (4), Kaut (7), Rodriguez (7) and Woodrum.

Hits — DeS: Richman, Galloway, Eskil, Jubb 2, Richard 2, Leahy, Kent; NV: Sagerness 2, Stanley, Woodrum.

DeSales 13, Adna 0

DeS 370 30 — 13 12 1

Adna 000 00 — 0 1 4

Eskil and Richman. Burdick and Henry

Hits — DeS: Richman 2, Eskil 4, Richard, Standard 3, Jacobson, Morris; Adna: Young.

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