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Lions add another win, not alone in NWOC cellar

St. Helens tops Parkrose in first game of doubleheader; faces league-leading Sherwood this week in three games
by: John Brewington, EYE ON THE BALL—St. Helens’ Cody Galvin would hit this pitch for a single during Monday’s game with Parkrose. St. Helens beat Parkrose in one game last week, but fell 15-5 in Monday’s make-up game. 

For the second week in a row, the St. Helens Lions showed some life in their rebuilding season and posted their second win of the year.

With a mostly young team, and an improving pitching staff, the St. Helens Lions have struggled at times this season. On Wednesday, the club showed some spark in a 5-4 win over Parkrose, but couldn't duplicate the effort in the nightcap of the doubleheader.

Still, the win lifted St. Helens to 2-15 on the regular season with four games to play. The team hosted Parkrose in the third game of the series on Monday. They were to play league leader Sherwood in a three game series over the rest of the week.

St. Helens is ranked near the bottom of the Oregon School Activities Association standings, and will play one of the top teams in the northern division in a play-in round. Currently that would be Sherwood, but may change to Pendleton or Wilson.

St. Helens 5, Parkrose 4

St. Helens pitchers Max Mood (5-1/3 innings) and Cody Galvin combined to limit Parkrose to just seven hits in the contest. The Lions' defense made just two errors, and the team had 14 hits-their best effort of the season.

Parkrose had the early lead in the game, scoring two runs off two singles and two errors. They might have had another run, but the player was cut down at the plate.

The Lions would add two runs of their own in the top of the second inning. Brandon Underwood started the inning with a single, but would later be out on a double-play ball. Eric Aldridge and Galvin would reach base on a singles, and then singles by Tyler Stangland, Wyatt Mosely, and Josh Keller would score them.

Both teams would get a lone run in the fourth inning. St. Helens run came when Stangland singled, advanced on a single by Keller, and scored on a single by Noah Weitzel. Parkrose added their run on a walk, stolen base, and a single.

Parkrose scored one more run off two doubles in the sixth and held a 4-3 lead going into the seventh.

After an out, Brennan Norton reached base on balls and then stole second. Aldridge also walked, and Galvin came up with a double to send both runners home to put St. Helens ahead, 5-4.

On the mound in the bottom of the frame, Galvin gave up a leadoff hit, but then struck out the next three batters to end the game and earn him the win.

Kellar and Underwood were each three for four hitting in the game. Wyatt Mosely, Stangland and Galvin were each two for four, with two RBIs each. Weitzel had the other RBI.

Parkrose 8, St. Helens 3

The second game of the doubleheader didn't go as well for St. Helens.

The Lions committed five errors in the contest and could only come up with three hits. They did score three runs.

Parkrose was the visitor in the contest, pushing three runs over the plate on a hit batter, a single, and two errors.

St. Helens came back with a run in the bottom of the inning when Underwood walked, advanced and scored on wild pitches. The Lions had the bases loaded when the last out came.

Parkrose would add a run in all but one of the next six innings.

St. Helens got their last two runs in the bottom of the sixth. One of those runs came when Brennan Norton was hit by a pitch, advanced on a single by Eric Aldridge and a bunt from Brody Takemoto, and scored on a wild pitch. Weitzel bunted to bring Aldridge home on a sacrifice.

Scoring:

St. Helens 5, Parkrose 4

St. Helens 020 100 2-5 14 1

Parkrose 200 101 0-4 7 2

St. Helens-Max Mood, Cody Galvin (5) and Tyler Stewart; Parkrose-John Brown, Austin Sario (6) and Huston Emmons.

Parkrose 8, St. Helens 3

Parkrose 311 101 1-8 12 0

St. Helens 100 002 0-3 3 5

Parkrose-Chance Surratt and Michael Sukovic; St. Helens-Tyler Stangland, Noah Weitzel (3), Brennan Norton (4) and Tyler Stewart.