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Lady Lions learn lessons from losses

Dallas drubs St. Helens twice in first two games of the softball season
by: John Brewington STARTER—St. Helens’ Payton Albertson lets fly with a pitch during last week’s first game with Dallas.

With all the wet weather, the St. Helens Lady Lions had hardly been outside this season when they hosted Dallas in a doubleheader on Thursday.

The field was damp, rain poured down during the second game and the girls learned some hard lessons from Dallas after 10-1 and 11-0 losses in the doubleheader.

'It was good to get some games in,' St. Helens coach Jeff Edwards said, 'but we have so many things to work on.'

Edwards and crew spent a lot of time and drying agents just trying to get the field ready. They'd already missed four games due to bad weather, and would miss another the next day against Benson.

The first game with Dallas was close at the outset. The Lady Lions trailed by just a lone run after two innings. They had the chance to shut down the Dragons in the third inning, but some mental mistakes allowed four runs. St. Helens did have six hits, and some base runners throughout the game, but could come up with just one clutch hit.

Courtney Buerke would score the only run of the day for St. Helens. She got her second hit in the third inning, a double to right center. After two outs, Myranda Hamilton stepped up and singled to score her. Buerke had led off the game, and the season, with a bunt single. She was two for four on the day. Kayla Beeler was also two for four, while Hamilton and Brooke Cathers each added a hit.

Payton Albertson went the distance on the mound for St. Helens, striking out seven, walking four, and giving up nine hits. Just five of the 10 runs were earned.

Edwards noted that he lost two four-year starters from last year's team and has a pretty young team overall.

'We need to play and find some answers. It's been frustrating not to be able to get out(side),' he said.

He scrambled the line-up in the second game, and played all 13 of his varsity during the day. Brooke Cathers would pitch most of the second game, but freshman Karli Edwards came in during the seventh inning when Cathers got in trouble.

The second game results were pretty similar to the first.

'We actually hit the ball better in the second game,' Edwards said. 'When we would get people on base, Dallas would make a spectacular play. Up until the last inning, we played better defensively.'

Edwards and the team are just hoping for some better weather, and more chances to play and practice outside.

The team was supposed to host Madison on Monday, but overcast skies and a saturated field made the prospects of playing iffy. Following they were slated to travel to Hillsboro on Wednesday, Newberg on Thursday, and host Hood River on Friday. With a continuing wet forecast, Edwards thought his best chance would be on a turf surface at Hillsboro.

St. Helens is scheduled to travel to Sandy on Tuesday, April 5 for their league opener. They host Rex Putnam on April 8.

Scoring:

Game 1

Dallas 104 103 1-10 9 1

St. Helens 001 000 0-1 6 6

Julie Postma and Dani Ackerman; Payton Albertson and Alyssa Rodriguez.

Game 2

Dallas 231 000 5-11 9 1

St. Helens 000 000 0-0 8 3

Julie Postma and Dani Ackerman; Brooke Cathers, Karli Edwards (7) and Jessica Sanchez.