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St. Helens picks up first baseball win of the season

Lions top Milwaukie and play better in two of three
by: John Brewington, BACK SAFE—St. Helens’s Tyler Stewart dives back to first during Wednesday’s game with Milwaukie.

The St. Helens Lions finally found a way to put a notch in the win column, topping Milwaukie 5-2 in the first of three games last week.

The Lions posted the win at Milwaukie, but fell badly in their game at St. Helens the next night. The Lions led the third game on Friday until the bottom of the sixth inning when Milwaukie scored five runs and took the win.

'The team played a lot better (on Tuesday),' St. Helens Coach Randy Voght said. 'It was the first time they had quality things to say to each other. They came together as a team. Then we came home and bungled away a game.'

Voght said the team is moving forward. Several players didn't come out this season, and the coach has had to fill spots with underclassmen.

'It's out with the old and in with the new,' he said. 'Our younger kids (jayvees) had a great game against Scappoose the other day. We're building. We'll have a JBO team this summer and do some travelling. We're looking forward to having some fun.'

The Lions are looking for another win this week when they play Parkrose in a three-game series. St. Helens was at home Tuesday and hosts again Friday.

St. Helens 5, Milwaukie 2

The Lions took control of the game in the top of the first inning, gave up just three hits, and committed just one error in the win.

Tyler Stangland pitched the first 51/3 innings and Max Mood relieved. Two of the three hits Stangland gave up came in the sixth, and resulted in Mood coming into the game. Stangland didn't walk a batter, but he did hit two.

Wyatt Mosley led off the game with a single and Brandon Underwood followed with a walk. Cody Galvin singled one run home and another scored on a sacrifice fly to center from Eric Aldridge.

Josh Keller was hit by a pitch to reach base in the second, advanced on a bunt by Stangland and scored on a double by Underwood.

In the fourth, Brennan Norton walked, advanced on a single by Wyatt Mosley and scored on a single by Underwood. The Lions led 4-1 at that point.

In the fifth, Tyler Stewart walked, was bunted to second by Aldridge, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice bunt by Josh Keller.

A single and a double got Milwaukie their last run in the sixth.

Milwaukie 15, St. Helens 3

The next night in St. Helens, the Lions slipped back a notch and were hammered by Milwaukie.

The Mustangs put over four runs in the first inning and three in the second to take control of the game. Four hits in each innings and three errors contributed to those runs. Milwaukie would build their lead to 10, and then added five runs in the sixth to seal the win.

A double by Underwood, a stolen base, and a sacrifice fly by Drake Mosley gave the Lions a run in the first. Mosley singled, stole second and scored on a single by Keller in the fourth. Mosley also scored in the sixth. He singled, advanced on a balk, stole third, and scored on a wild pitch.

Milwaukie 6, St. Helens 2

The final game of the series was a bit of a heartbreaker for the Lions. They led 2-1 most of the game, only to see Milwaukie score five runs in the sixth to take the win.

The Lions got a run in the second when Aldridge singled, advanced on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Tyler Stewart. The next inning, Keller singled, advanced on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Drake Mosley.

Milwaukie had just one hit going into the sixth, but three walks, a sacrifice, a single, a double, and an error would give them five runs and the game.

Scoring:

April 24

St. Helens 5, Milwaukie 2

St. Helens 210 110 0-5 7 1

Milwaukie 100 001 0-2 3 7

St. Helens-Tyler Stangland, Max Mood (6) and Tyler Stewart; Milwaukie-Anthony Niiyama, T. J. Fisher (5) and Jose Penuelas.

April 25

Milwaukie 15, St. Helens 3

Milwaukie 430 111 5-15 16 0

St. Helens 100 101 0-3 6 6

Milwaukie-Sam Randall and Jose Penuelas; St. Helens-Cody Galvin, Eric Aldridge (3), Josh Keller (6), Brennan Norton (7) and Tyler Stewart.

April 27

Milwaukie 6, St. Helens 2

St. Helens 011 000 0-2 6 4

Milwaukie 010 005 x-6 4 0

St. Helens-Max Mood, Bryce Sanford (6) and Tyler Stewart; Milwaukie-Keynan Middleton and Ryan Harp.