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Teams finally start to get some games played

All the ball teams have now played at least one game
by: Self-portrait Sports Editor John Brewington

It's been a tough spring sports season for just about all the various local teams, but particularly bad for the ball clubs.

Golf, tennis, and even track have had matches and meets moved, postponed or cancelled, but they've got in some play.

Both the Scappoose and St. Helens softball teams didn't get in their first games until the weather broke last Friday. St. Helens hosted Cleveland and Scappoose headed over to Gladstone.

The St. Helens baseball team snuck in one game at Newberg, but has been idle from games since. The Scappoose baseball team took their annual spring trip to Eastern Oregon and did get in three games last Friday and Saturday. They were slated for a doubleheader on Tuesday with Baker.

It's hard to assess how teams are going to do based on one game, but the prospects appear decent for most of the local ball clubs.

St. Helens coach Jeff Edwards had a lot to be happy about after Friday's game. The team rolled over Franklin, beating them 11-1 in five innings. He liked his pitching and the team pounded out 11 hits. Pitcher Mariah Mulcahy gave up just three hits, and one walk, striking out eight. She was unbelievable at the plate, hitting for the cycle with five RBIs and scoring four runs.

Not a bad start anyway you look at it and it bodes well for the rest of the season. The Lady Lions played four freshmen and they have three seniors that will soon return. They will be tough this season.

The Scappoose girls did some good things at Gladstone in a 4-0 loss, but struggled offensively in the game. They didn't get any hits until the last inning, but were strong defensively in holding the Glads to four runs. Two of the four runs came in the first inning off a homer.

Scappoose will improve at the plate, and their defense should carry them to the playoffs this season. They were scheduled to play Douglas in a doubleheader on Tuesday, but the weather predictions weren't good. The Scappoose field can take water so they had a good chance of playing.

The Scappoose High baseball team got off to a good start at the Treasure Valley Invitational at Fruitland High School. The Indians topped Vale 6-4 in their first game, and then beat Fruitland (Idaho), 6-2 in the nightcap. They lost to La Grande, 10-9 in the championship game.

That's a pretty good showing on their annual road trip, and they are getting to play. Now the big question for the Tribe is how soon they'll be able to get on their own field. They are supposed to host Philomath this Friday and Wilson on Saturday. If it doesn't get too wet this week, it might be doable.

St. Helens is still hoping to get in some games this week. They played at Newberg over a week ago, becoming the first local team to get in a game. However, they've been idle since then. Their next chance is against Hermiston at Milwaukie on Friday, the second game of a doubleheader for the visiting Bulldogs.

The Lions have some scheduling problems. They were supposed to play three games with Sandy last week, but snow here and in Sandy, the playoffs this season. They were scheduled to play Douglas in a doubleheader on Tuesday, but the weather predictions weren't good. The Scappoose field can take water so they had a good chance of playing.

The Scappoose High baseball team got off to a good start at the Treasure Valley Invitational at Fruitland High School. The Indians topped Vale 6-4 in their first game, and then beat Fruitland (Idaho), 6-2 in the nightcap. They lost to La Grande, 10-9 in the championship game.

That's a pretty good showing on their annual road trip, and they are getting to play. Now the big question for the Tribe is how soon they'll be able to get on their own field. They are supposed to host Philomath this Friday and Wilson on Saturday. If it doesn't get too wet this week, it might be doable.

St. Helens is still hoping to get in some games this week. They played at Newberg over a week ago, becoming the first local team to get in a game. However, they've been idle since then. Their next chance is against Hermiston at Milwaukie on Friday, the second game of a doubleheader for the visiting Bulldogs.

The Lions have some scheduling problems. They were supposed to play three games with Sandy last week, but snow here and in Sandy, plus two wet fields were not a good combination. None of the three games were played and they need to be made up. The Lions will try to get in one on April 2, just before they start a three-game series with Rex Putnam. Unfortunately, the league limits teams to just four games per week, so it's going to be difficult. And if games get rained out with Putnam, it will really create a backlog. The league may have to meet to decide what to do.

It's been one of the more difficult springs to get in games, and it still remains an iffy proposition. We're all hoping we get a good stretch of weather soon to put it all behind us.