PASCO — Pierre LeDorze did it all to lift O’Dea to the state 3A baseball title on Saturday.
LeDorze had three consecutive singles, pitched a complete-game three-hit shutout and even led the charge to douse winning coach Mike Doyle with the obligatory ice bath. That was more than enough to lift the Fighting Irish to a 12-0 win over Bonney Lake in the title game that was shortened to five innings.
“I’m most proud of this team,” LeDorze said after his big night. “We’ve come a long way and just came together tonight. We’ve had our ups and downs throughout the year, but we peaked when we needed to.”
The Fighting Irish (25-2) took advantage of two wins and a run-scoring single by LeDorze to grab a 1-0 lead in the first inning. The drama ended with a four-run third inning, and the Irish tacked on seven more runs in the fourth and fifth to end the game after the fifth inning.
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The state title was the fourth for the Fighting Irish in the last 13 years.
“All facets of our game came out tonight,” Doyle said. “This one definitely shows our guys’ strong desire to put this one away.”
LeDorze, who is headed to Cornell to play baseball as an outfielder, allowed only one hit in the first four innings before Bonney Lake (16-11) had a pair of two-out singles in the fifth inning.
Doyle said he never considered lifting LeDorze, even after Cory Burril and T.J. Potts had consecutive hits.
“Pierre is very competitive and he doesn’t want to lose at anything,” Doyle said. “He definitely didn’t want to come out, and he pitched very well.”
Scottie Graham had two hits and three RBI for O’Dea, and Rex Stephan had two hits and scored two runs.
“I felt good and my catcher (Connor O’Brien) called a great game and defense made some amazing plays out there,” Le Dorze said. “I give them all the credit.”
Mount Spokane 9, Shorewood 4 (9)
Down to its last out with the bases empty, Shorewood rallied for a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to send the third-place game into extra innings. The Thunderbirds then lost in the ninth to Mount Spokane (21-6).
Shorewood (20-4) was down a run with two outs when Kory Longaker doubled and tied the score on a single by Steffen Torgeson.
Shorewood junior left-hander Ian Oxnevad was replaced in the ninth inning after throwing 132 pitches, 82 of them strikes. Mount Spokane struck quickly after that, scoring five times in the top of the ninth inning.
Despite losing twice at the state tournament to finish fourth, Shorewood coach Wyatt Tonkin was pleased with his team’s season.
“We have five sophomores and we had a lot of fun and grew up a lot,” Tonkin said. “It’s a great group of kids, and I wouldn’t trade them for the world.”