Things will get far more difficult from here, with the Lions visiting league-leading Putnam on Wednesday
For the first time in several weeks, the Lions' bats finally awoke, blasting Parkrose through the first three innings and cruising to a 12-0 victory in the road leg of the season series on Tuesday.
It's also the second shutout victory, and the second in the last three games for St. Helens, who has jumped into a three-way tie for second place in the Northwest Oregon Conference at 3-1, winning their third in a row ahead of a tough series with No. 10 Putnam.
Against Parkrose, the Lions nailed the Broncos for each and every mistake, loading the bases straight away in the first inning and scoring on an error by the Bronco first baseman to take a 1-0 lead. Another error, this time at shortstop, cost Parkrose another run as Tyler Stangland darted in to put the Lions up a deuce.
Brandon Jones batted in Josh Henningsen a few moments later, and a single from Bryce Winnier set up another pair of runs as Winner was able to beat the ball to first base, allowing Beau Mason and Jones to round third and score.
Winnier tacked on another run off a single from Josh Keller, moving back to the top of the order before the Broncos finally got under a fly ball from Stangland to close the top half of the inning in a 6-0 hole.
The Lions picked up a score in the top of the second as well, and came alive once again in the third.
Winnier, who got on base with a double to left field, moved to third on a single from Adam Spencer and scored while Keller rushed to beat his grounder to first base. Spencer was scored on the very next swing, a single to center field from Stangland to put the Lions up by nine.
Bryce Mulcahy connected on his first pitch as well, reaching first as Stangland was put out at second, but he'd end up making the Broncos pay. After stealing second with Henningsen at the plate, Mulcahy jumped on Henningsen's single to reach third and score, giving the road nine a double digit advantage.
The Lions knocked on the door once again in the fourth inning, putting six runners on base, and scoring on a pair of mistakes by the home squad – an error by the left fielder to score Winnier, and a run from Jake Shirley when the Bronco catcher failed to hang on to the third strike at the plate.
Junior Ryne Poorman got the win for St. Helens, tossing six strikeouts, walking one and allowing justs four hits in five innings on the mound. Shirley came on in the sixth inning, striking out two batters and allowing three hits to preserve the shutout.
The Lions will be back in action on Wednesday, April 16 at 5 p.m., facing Rex Putnam (6-7, 4-0 NWOC) at Alder Creek Middle School.
St. Helens 12, Parkrose 0
Parkrose High School
STHE 613 200 0 – 12 14 0
PARK 000 000 0 – 0 7 3
Hits (14): Keller 4, Stangland, Mulcahy 2, Henningsen 2, Jones, Takemoto, Winnier 2, Spencer
RBIs (8): Keller 2, Stangland, Henningsen, Mason, Jones, Winnier 2
Runs (12): Keller, Stangland, Mulcahy 2, Henningsen, Mason, Jones, Winnier 3, Spencer, Shirley
Hits (7): Dace, Emmons, Pickron, Thompson, Simkovic, Frary, Edwards