Lions nine posts two NWOC wins
Lions outslug Parkrose, post first league wins
The St. Helens Lions earned two conference victories during the past week, both over Parkrose.
The first one went easily enough, but the Lions had to nurse a slim lead over the Broncos for five innings before winning the second one.
On Tuesday night, the Lions scored a run in the first inning, and then added three in the second on their way to a 4-2 win.
St. Helens shut down Parkrose in the top of the first, and then Wyatt Mosley led off for the Lions with a walk. He advanced and scored on a sacrifice by Tyler Stangland.
The Lions cut off a rally by Parkrose in the second, and then pushed three runs across the plate with two outs. Catcher Bryce Winnier was hit by a pitch to reach first, and moved up when Adam Spencer was also hit. The two advanced on a wild pitch, and Winnier scored on a passed ball. Mosley was also hit by a pitch. Spencer went home on a catching error, and Mosley would score on another wild pitch.
St. Helens had enough for the win, but pounded out just five hits in the game. Martin Scheer went three for three, but was out trying to stretch the third hit for a double.
Bryce Sanford went the distance on the mount for the Lions, giving up only five hits, walking just one, and striking out 11.
On Friday, the Lions got their offense moving with a 15-6 victory at Parkrose.
The game was close for the first four innings, but St. Helens unloaded with five runs in the fifth, and four more in the sixth to seal the win.
Mosley started the contest for the Lions with a double and would score on an error that put Jake Ramiskey on base. Another error and a fielders choice would send Ramiskey home. An error and a couple of singles allowed Parkrose to even the contest. A single by Noah Weitzel and a double by Mosley put St. Helens in front. Parkrose answered with a triple and later a score.
The Lions went ahead for good in the third when Ramiskey singled, advanced on an error, and scored on another.
In the fifth, Scheer tripled, Brody Takemoto walked, and Bryson Takemoto reached base on an error. Two more errors, and a single by Stangland gave the Lions a 10-3 advantage.
Jake Shirley would throw six of the seven innings on the day, give up five hits, strike out one and walk two. Mosley pitched the last inning, got an out at first, struck out another, and the game ended when Parkrose batted out of order. Despite the wet weather, the Lions would make just three errors on the day, two of those in the last inning when Parkrose scored three of their runs. Parkrose committed 10 errors.
Mosley was three for five at the plate with a double, and four RBIs. Scheer was two for four, and Weitzel was three for four.
The Lions were to travel to Rex Putnam on Friday, and go to Sherwood on Tuesday. Next Wednesday they host Sherwood.