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St. Helens goes unbeaten in four games to earn tourney finals

by: JOHN BREWINGTON - St. Helens Jo Rea tags out Wilshire/Riversides Atticus Kayser during Saturdays winners bracket finals at the Lakeside fields. St. Helens shut out WIlshire, and faced them again on Monday night in the championship. St. Helens would have to lose twice not to win the district title. The winner advances to the state tournament in Lake Oswego. The St. Helens Little League 9-10s did everything they needed to do to earn the championship game of the 12-team District 1 tournament on Saturday at the Lakeside field in Portland.

The team faced Wilshire/Riverside-Blue on Saturday in the Winner’s Bracket finals and came away with an 8-0 shutout. Wilshire would eliminate Hollywood on Sunday, 8-6, to make it back to the finals. The rub for them is they would have to beat St. Helens twice to win the championship.

That game was played Monday evening (see box). St. Helens would be the champions if they win, but would have to play again Tuesday if they lost.

District Champs

The St. Helens 9-10s downed Wilshire/Riverside, 17-7 in five innings, Monday to win the District 1 championship.

In Saturday’s game, St. Helens’ Canon Beisley did a good job on the mound cutting down Wilshire batters. Defensively, the team made some good plays and cut off multiple scoring threats. When Beisley used up his allowed pitches with two outs in the bottom of the fifth, Joe Rea would relieve. With two outs and the bases loaded, he struck out the last batter to end the game.

St. Helens got three of their runs in the top of the third inning. Logan Travis and Rea walked. Mason Smith then singled to score Travis. After an out, Jared Hora hit into an error and two more runs went home.

St. Helens came back in the next inning to add another run. Curtis Bryan reached base on an infield single and Garrett Harris was safe on a fielder’s choice. Travis then singled him home.

St. Helens added two insurance runs in the sixth. Hora led off with a double, and would advance on a play at first and score on a passed ball. Rea and Smith walked. Beisley would be out on first and another run scored.

If St. Helens clinches the championship, they will advance to the July 13-21 state tournament at Westlake Park in Lake Oswego. That is a nine-team tournament, with a preset schedule. The top four teams make the finals. The first game of the tournament for District 1 would be against La Grande on July 13.

Scappoose eliminated after four

Scappoose lost to St. Helens in the first game of the tournament, 15-5, but came back to win two more games before they were eliminated.

Scappoose beat Lakeside 10-4 and then edged Clatskanie, 11-10. That put them up against Parkrose. They lost that game, 16-11.

They would have needed to win three more games to make the championship, and then win twice more.

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