Irish slay Nighthawks in pair of one-hitters

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WALLA WALLA — Ali Zander celebrated her senior day in style here Saturday in Southeast 2B softball action.

Zander, Gabby Lizardi, Bobbi Prior, and Megan Hamada finished their DeSales home careers as the Irish swept Tekoa-Oakesdale-Rosalia, 10-0, and 10-0.

Zander blasted a home run in the first game to back Ashlyn Lyons 12 strikeout, one-hit shutout performance in the circle for the Irish.

Molli Lesko, Lyons, Zander, and Kalee Brown each collected two hits to lead the DeSales offense. Shannon Carrothers collected T-O-R’s only hit.

Game two followed a similar script, as the Irish jumped to a 6-0 lead after two and coasted home to win 10-0.

Lesko led the Irish hit parade with three hits. Teresa Acock added two hits to the attack.

Lyons went all the way in the circle and, except for Carrothers who again collected the only Nighthawk safety, held T-O-R hitless and scoreless while striking out eight.

“We needed to get her more innings,” DeSales coach Russ Vera said of his southpaw pitcher. “We need to get her stamina going for the postseason.”

As for Zander, Lizardi, Hamada, and Prior, their contributions won’t go unnoticed as the four lead the Irish into the postseason.

“We gave them flowers between games,” Vera said. “We’ll miss them.”

With the sweep, the Irish remain perfect at 8-0 in league.

“We got the hits when we needed them, and ran the bases perfectly,” Vera said. “Our defense was perfect. Overall, we got two quality wins heading to our last two league games against Waitsburg-Prescott Tuesday at Prescott.”

W-P and DeSales are both 8-0 in league. Tuesday’s meeting is for the league title and will determine the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds into the May 10 District Tournament at the Mill Creek Sports Complex.

First Game

T-O-R 000 00 — 0 1 3

DeSales 201 52 — 10 11 0

Willy and Lindgren. Ash. Lyons and Postlewait.

HR — DeS: Zander.

Hits — T-O-R: Shannon Carrothers; DeS: Acock, Lesko 2, Hamada, Ash. Lyons 2, Brown 2, Zander 2, Prior.

Second Game

T-O-R 000 00 — 0 1 1

DeSales 241 21 — 10 11 0

Willy and Lindgren. Ash. Lyons and Postlewait.

Hits — T-O-R: Carrothers; DeS: Acock 2, Lesko 3, Ash. Lyons 2, Postlewait, All. Lyons, Brown, Zander.

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