St. Helens softball getting younger
The Lions' youth movement continues.
St. Helens (3-21 overall, 3-14 Northwest Oregon Conference) suffered its seventh loss of two or fewer runs as it yielded a 2-1 defeat to Milwaukie (11-13, 8-9) on Monday at Hood View Park No. 3 in Clackamas, and six seniors played their final innings in black and yellow.
Mercedes Massey (a catcher), Bailey Wilson and Kayla Keller (outfield), Ceiarra Van Dolah (infield), Lydia Walters (utility) and Brooklynn Scheer (pitcher) are scheduled to complete their Lions careers as they graduate in June.
Brooklyn Mercier (third base), Hallie Schwirse (second base), Kortney Smith (outfield) and Abby Austin (pitcher), however, can return as next year's seniors to help improve St. Helens' fortunes after scoring three runs against eight per game this time around.
The Lions will miss the postseason in the eighth conference spot after reaching the play-in round last spring, playing in the Class 5A quarterfinals in 2015 and getting to the semifinals in 2014 in search of their first state championship since they beat Glide for the Class 3A title in 1996.