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Lions still looking for that first baseball win on the season

Young squad struggling with injuries, youth, and other problems

St. Helens baseball coach Randy Voght has faced a myriad of team problems this season that would be difficult even for a seasoned veteran.

Injuries, a young pitching staff, some disciplinary issues, slumps, and worst of all no time on the field for practice have placed a heavy burden on the coach and team.

Sunny weather starting last Friday, through the weekend and into Monday allowed the Lions to get in some of their backed up games, and almost catch up.

Voght said his swampy outfield should finally be able to support some play. The Lions haven't yet played a game at home.

'We've had some problems,' Voght said. 'Some injuries to our young pitching arms, a few hitting slumps. More than half the team is freshmen and sophomores.'

The team has lost their first five games, including three to Rex Putnam on Friday and Saturday.

Voght said they finally have some hitting apparatus working, and said 'Chris, the maintenance guy is doing a great job of getting the field ready.'

Voght was thrilled they might actually play at home this Thursday and Friday. The team hasn't even been able to use the varsity field for practice.

It wasn't an easy go for the Lions against Rex Putnam, three games in which the Lions never really challenged.

Putnam took an early lead in the first contest, and then put the game on ice with six-runs on two-outs in the third. Three singles, an error, a hit batter, a walk, another hit batter and several pitching mistakes accounted for those runs.

St. Helens got their only run in the top of the sixth. Cody Galvin reached base on an error and went to second on a wild pitch. A single by Wyatt Mosely sent him home.

St. Helens travelled to Putnam again the next day for a doubleheader.

The Lions showed a little more spunk at the end of the game, scoring four runs in the bottom of the seventh in a 14-5 loss. Brandon Norton, Tyler Stewart, Eric Aldridge, and Max Mood would all score. Walks, an error, wild pitches, and a single by Stewart accounted for the scoring.

The Lions got a little closer in the second game, but still struggled with offense. Their only two runs came in the fourth. Brandon Underwood reached first on an error, and Drake Mosely sacrificed him to second. Underwood advanced on another play at first and Stewart was hit by a pitch. A single by Galvin drove in Underwood, and Aldridge followed with another to score Stewart.

The Lions had a busy schedule this week. They were at Sandy for a make-up on Monday, at Wilsonville on Tuesday and Wednesday, hosting Sandy on Thursday, and Wilsonville on Friday. The latter two games would be the first home games for the Lions this season.

Scores by innings:

April 6

Rex Putnam 8, St. Helens 1

St. Helens 000 001 0-1 3 3

Putnam 206 000 x-8 7 2

St. Helens-Max Mood, Cody Galvin (3) and Bryce Winnier;

Sandy-Zack Martin and Dylan Knoth.

April 7 (1st Game)

Rex Putnam 14, St. Helens 5

Putnam 014 402 3-14 13 1

St. Helens 000 100 4-5 2 2

Sandy-Mason Dunning, Jordan Sander (7) and Dylan Knoth.

St. Helens-Tyler Stangland, Brandon Norton (2), Drake Mosely (4) and Tyler Stewart.

April 7 (2nd game)

Rex Putnam 9, St. Helens 2

Putnam 112 210 2-9 10 1

St. Helens 000 200 0-2 9 2

St. Helens-Eric Aldridge, Cody Galvin (5) and Tyler Stewart, Ryan Brown.

Sandy-Evan Lochridge and Jordan Sander.