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Lions take two of three from Hilhi

St. Helens 5-1 heading into series with Liberty this week
by: John Brewington, St. Helens’ Matt Lokken takes a mighty swing during a game with Hilhi last week. The Lions handily beat the Spartans in their first two meetings, but lost the final outing.

The St. Helens Lions won two of three games with Hillsboro last week, clobbering them in their first two meetings, but losing on Friday.

The Lions blasted the Spartans 19-4 in their first encounter on Tuesday, then came back on Wednesday with a 7-2 win. They finished the series on Friday with a 9-5 loss.

The wins, coupled with their three-game sweep of Parkrose, left them just a game behind Glencoe and Sherwood for first place in the Northwest Oregon Conference.

Taylor Webster gave up just one earned run and two hits in six innings of their first contest. He struck out three. Webster was also a leader at the plate with three hits.

'Webster was lights out on the mound and outstanding with the bat, totaling five RBIs,' coach Tim Prosser said.

Jared Chase went three for three at the plate in the game, Brad Welter was two for four, Matt Lokken was three for five, and Julian Zirkle and Nolan Booth were two for three. In all the Lions pounded out 18 hits in the contest.

The game was a little iffy at the start as Hillsboro scored the first run of the contest. St. Helens bounced back with five runs and there was little question the rest of the way. They were up 8-1 going into the bottom of the fourth and added six mores runs. They scored two in the fifth and three in the sixth. The NWOC does not have a 10-run rule after five innings. They may consider adopting one next year.

The next day, the Lions traveled to Hillsboro and it was a much closer game, but St. Helens still dominated in the end.

Hillsboro had moved ahead in the contest with their second run early, but the Lions came back to take the lead in the fifth and put the game away with three runs in the seventh.

Matt Lokken was two for four with a double and two RBIs, Jared Chase was two for four, and Tyson Leland was two for three.

'Chris Mood had as good a pitching performance as we've had this season. He threw 71 pitches in a complete game victory. In a seven-inning game we want our pitchers to average under 15 pitches per inning. He was ahead of counts all day. He recorded zero strikeouts on the day, showing you don't have to strike anyone out to win. Great outing by a sophomore pitcher,' Prosser said.

On Friday, the Lions fell behind Hilhi early and despite a late rally couldn't catch up in a 9-5 loss.

Hillsboro was up 5-0 after two innings, then finished with three runs in the sixth and added another in the seventh. St. Helens didn't get on board until the fourth with two runs, and put three across in the seventh.

'We combined a subpar pitching performance with poor fielding, making it difficult to win,' Prosser said. 'I give Hilhi credit, being down 0-2 in the series, and coming in and beating us up on our home field. They seemed more like the team up in the series with the swagger they brought.'

St. Helens had a series with Liberty this week. The Falcons had won just one game in six outings, the opposite of St. Helens' 5-1. League leaders Glencoe and Sherwood have series with Parkrose and Hilhi, respectively.

Scores by innings:

St. Helens 19, Hillsboro 4

Hillsboro 100 000 3-4 3 3

St. Helens 512 623 x-19 18 0

St. Helens 7, Hillsboro 2

St. Helens 101 020 3-7 8 1

Hillsboro 110 000 0-2 5 2

St. Helens 5, Hillsboro 9

Hillsboro 320 003 1-9 9 2

St. Helens 000 200 3-5 7 4

Northwest Oregon

Conference Standings

(Through April 4)

W L

Glencoe 6 0

Sherwood 6 0

St. Helens 5 1

Century 4 2

Hillsboro 1 5

Liberty 1 5

Parkrose 1 5

Wilsonville 0 6