Lady Lions easily dispatch Milwaukie
St. Helens scores early and often in five-inning game
The St. Helens Lady Lions wasted little time in putting Milwaukie away on Friday, scoring 11 runs in the first three innings and closing out the game in five innings.
The Lady Lions took advantage of Milwaukie miscues and played solid defense while posting the fairly easy win.
'Our defense has improved over the last four (league) games,' St. Helens coach Jeff Edwards said. 'Ever since the Putnam game we've been pretty solid. When Milwaukie did hit the ball we were taken a little bit by surprise, a little bit flat-footed in that one inning. We had a little bit of rust-the weather was nasty last week and we did not have quality practice time.'
St. Helens' Mariah Mulcahy threw a two-hitter from the pitching rubber and gave up just one run in the fourth inning. She struck out eight and walked four batters.
Payton Albertson led St. Helens in hitting, going three (singles) for three with five RBIs. Since rejoining the team four games ago, she is 10 for 13. In three league games she is 7-9, hitting .778.
The Lady Lions got their first three runs when Michelle Sass reached base on an error, Brooke Cathers walked, and Albertson singled to score both runs. Albertson would score on a third-base throwing error.
St. Helens added three more runs in the second inning. Alyssa Giesbers walked, Stevie Strawn singled her to third, and Michelle Sass reached base on an infield hit to score Giesbers. A play at first scored one more and Albertson singled again to knock in Sass.
St. Helens put the game away in the third. Kayla Beeler walked, Abbie Hanson reached base on an error, and Giesbers singled to score Beeler. Michelle Sass then doubled to left center to score two, and she scored on a single by Mulcahy. Albertson was safe on an infield single that scored Mulcahy, and Sue Sass singled to score Albertson.
'We have a real tough stretch this week with four road games,' Edwards noted. 'We are at Parkrose Tuesday, Sherwood Wednesday, make-up a game at Liberty Thursday, and Friday we are at Sandy. Not one of them are gimmes. All the teams are capable of playing well. We want to be competitive and have a winning week. This might seem a little daunting, but we could have a successful week.'
St. Helens also has a tough schedule next week, hosting Putnam on Tuesday, traveling to Wilsonville on Wednesday, and hosting Liberty on Friday.
St. Helens 11,
Milwaukie 1 (5)
Milwaukie 000 10-1 2 4
St. Helens 335 0x-11 7 1
Nicole Bugliari and Mariah Scott; Mariah Mulcahy and Michelle Sass.