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Lions kick off season with loss to Newberg

Game slated for St. Helens moved because of wet conditions

The St. Helens Lions found some good things to bring home from their first baseball game of the season, and also found some things they need to work on.

The Lions missed two games last week and with their field still a swamp in the outfield they moved the site Friday to Newberg to get in their opener, a 9-2 loss.

St. Helens coach Randy Voght noted the Lions led after two innings and into the bottom of the third before the 6A Tigers moved in front.

'Our starters did pretty good for the first three innings,' Voght said. 'Then we brought in a freshman pitcher and catcher and Newberg punched five runs across.'

Voght added, 'Our goal was really to get a practice game in. We have our first league game this week.'

The Lions were scheduled to travel to Sandy on Tuesday and host them Wednesday. The weather forecast made those games unlikely.

'We needed to work on some actual plays, our bunting defense, and things the team was not used to,' he said.

The Lions have been inside the better part of the season thus far, and have just gotten up their hitting net.

The Lions gave up a homer in the first inning of the contest, but pitcher Max Mood would strike out three batters. Mood, who went 21/3 innings, also got himself out of trouble after loading the bases in the second. Newberg would get two runs off two doubles and an interference call in the second. Bryce Sanford came in for the last two outs. In the fourth, three errors, two walks, two singles and a hit batter would account for five runs. The Lions gave up just one more run in the last two innings off a double, wild pitch and a single. Tyler Stangland pitched the last two innings for St. Helens.

Understandably, the Lions haven't quite found their hitting stride yet. They would get just two hits in the contest. Both their runs came in the second inning.

Drake Mosely started the inning with a single and stole second base. He advanced on an error that put Jessie Wright on base. A sacrifice bunt by Mood advanced the runners. Adam Spencer then singled to score Mosely, and Wright went home on an error on the play.

The Lions were slated for three league games at Sandy this week, travelling there Tuesday, hosting Wednesday, and travelling again on Friday. Weather wild determine whether any of the games will get played.

The Lions are also on spring break next week. Their only game slated is a game with Hermiston on Friday, March 30.

Score by innings:

Newberg 9, and #8200;St. Helens 2

St. Helens 020 000 0-2 2 4

Newberg 102 351 x-9 11 3

SH-Max Mood, Bryce Sanford (3), Tyler Stangland (5) and Tyler Stewart, Bryce Winnier (4); N-Jacob Storedahl, Cole Minor (5) and Jordan Mayfield.