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Lions baseball ranked No. 1–for now

St. Helens picks up four wins on road trip to Southern Oregon
by: John Brewington INTO SECOND—St. Helens’ Tyler Stewart slides safely into second during a recent game. The Lions won four games in Southern Oregon last week.

The St. Helens Lions baseball team earned four wins on their annual trip to Southern Oregon and in the process vaulted to the top of the Power Rankings on the Oregon School Activities Association website.

The ranking is fluid at present-it only includes the games with Phoenix and will drop once the wins over Taft are included. Taft is 1-4 on the season and opponent's losses drag down the teams that beat them.

Still it was a very successful trip for the Lions-four games, four wins in two days.

'I thought we played pretty well,' St. Helens coach Tim Lokken said. The coach was home, not feeling very well, but he perked up talking about how his team did.

'Our pitching was very solid, our hitting was very solid. We had a couple of breakdowns on defense, but nothing that can't be cleaned up,' he said.

'It was a pretty good trip. I'm pretty pleased with the way we played. Austin Porter hit the ball well. Tyler Stewart was solid at catcher. Brad Ivy pitched well. Tyler Moss pitched well. Zach Preston pitched well. Justin Wiley threw well,' he added.

The Lions kicked off play with a 9-3 win over Phoenix. Walks, wild pitches, and hit batters got them their first three runs. They got five runs off a hit batter, a single by Nolan Geraty, a single by Wyatt Mosley, a fielder's choice, a single by Brandon Underwood and a triple by Austin Porter. Brad Ivy went the distance on the mound, striking out five and giving up five hits.

They also took on Taft the same say and came away with a five-inning, 13-3 win. St. Helens' six hits included a double by Cody Galvin and a triple by Moss. The Lions scored seven runs in the fifth inning off four walks, singles by Sam Hatch, Moss, and Underwood, plus the double by Galvin. Tyler Moss gave up just four hits to Taft and struck out six.

The Lions faced Phoenix again the next day and came from a 4-1 deficit and a 6-4 deficit to post a 10-6 win. A six-run sixth inning helped lift the Lions to the victory. The first two batters reached base on balls, Hatch was safe on a fielder's choice and error, and then singles by Porter, Stewart, and Wiley, plus wild pitches helped score the runs. Zach Preston gave up just three hits to Phoenix, and he struck out five.

The last game of the trip turned out to be the easiest-a 15-4 win over Taft in five innings. The Lions pounded out 12 hits, and scored 13 runs in their last two innings. Mosley walked four times in the game. Hatch had a double, a walk, and reached base on an error. Ivy had a single and a double. Porter had two doubles and a single. Stewart had three walks. Drake Mosley had a double, a single, and two walks. Wiley had a single. Preston had two singles. Galvin had a walk and a single.

The Lions were scheduled to play at Aloha on Tuesday and then host McNary on Wednesday and Pendleton on Saturday-weather and field conditions permitting. They start league play with Sandy here on Tuesday, April 5.

Day 1-March 24

St. Helens 9, Phoenix 3

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Phoenix 000 12-3 5 1

Brad Ivy and Tyler Stewart; Tim Keither and Albert Reynoso.

St. Helens 13, Taft 3

Taft 000 30-3 4 2

St. Helens 031 18-13 6 1

Tyler Moss and Tyler Stewart; Zach Ehrenfelt and Skyler Lopez.

Day 2-March 25

St. Helens 10, Phoenix 6

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Phoenix 130 200 0-6 3 2

Zach Preston and Tyler Stewart; Albert Reynoso and Nolan Scott.

St. Helens 15, Taft 4

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Taft 200 020-4 2 2

Sam Hatch and Brady Ivy; Brent Martin and Zach Ehrenfelt.