O’Dea wins Metro League baseball title for first time in more than a decade
O’Dea beat West Seattle 7-2 on Thursday at Steve Cox Memorial Park to win the Metro championship.
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O’Dea isn’t used to heading into the regional round of the state playoffs as a team to beat. Despite winning three state titles in the last 12 years, the Irish haven’t won the Metro League during that span.
Consider the roles reversed this year, as O’Dea beat West Seattle 7-2 on Thursday at Steve Cox Memorial Park to win the Metro championship for the first time in more than a decade.
“We haven’t done it in a long time,” senior Pierre Le Dorze said. “I think it’s something that’s kind of a beginning point for us. Some people say it’s a climax, but this is where we’re going to start out.
“We’re going to build from here. I think it’s just a weight lifted off our shoulders.”
It was the pitching of Le Dorze that made the championship happen. The Cornell-bound hurler pitched a complete game, allowing three hits and striking out five. Le Dorze got stronger as the game wore on, retiring the last eight batters.
“He’s very, very competitive,” O’Dea coach Michael Doyle said. “He doesn’t want to lose, he doesn’t want to give in to anybody. He challenges everybody with his best pitch. He’s played in state semifinal football games and a lot of state baseball games for us, so he’s got a lot of experience. He’s a bulldog. He just wants to get after those guys.”
The Irish trailed 2-1 entering the fourth after Cameron Slader took Le Dorze out of the park with a two-run shot to left in the third. O’Dea struck for three runs in the fourth, though.
Rex Stephan led off the inning by reaching on an error and Le Dorze was hit by a pitch. After a sacrifice bunt moved the runners over, Connor O’Brien gave O’Dea a 3-2 lead with a double. Ryland Kerr followed with an RBI single.
O’Dea tacked on three more in the fifth, scoring on an error and a pair of doubles by O’Brien and Scottie Graham.
Both teams advance to next week’s regional round of the playoffs, where O’Dea will be a favorite to move on to the state semifinals in Pasco.
“You got to play the hand you’re dealt, honestly,” Doyle said. “We’ll do what we have to do, and I’ll try to keep them as level-headed as possible.”