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Baseball: Walk-off single snaps Lions' streak

A walk-off single from Tyler Stangland in the bottom of the seventh gets St. Helens their first win since April 15


The Lions’ losing streak is finally over. Thanks to a walk-off single from Tyler Stangland in the bottom of the seventh on Friday, St. Helens topped Wilsonville 4-3 to pick up their first league win since April 15.

The visiting Wildcats got off to a good start in the second inning. Tanner Crooks got a bead on Lion starter Ryne Poorman and tripled to right field to kick off the period. On the next at-bat, Parker Neilson grounded out to second base, driving Crooks home to give Wilsonville an early lead.

St. Helens had their answer in the bottom of the fourth. The Lions caught a break with Winnier at the plate, getting the junior on base via a dropped third strike. Sophomore Quintin Galvin switched in as a courtesy, and made the Wildcats pay. A few seconds in to Bryce Mulcahy’s stint at the plate, Galvin stole second. Then he raced to third on a wild pitch and moments later as Bryson Takemoto sent a grounder rocketing toward the Wildcat shortstop, scampered home to tie things up.

Brody Takemoto batted Mulcahy home on the next at-bat, putting the Lions on top. St. Helens put in another run in the fifth, giving the home team a 3-1 edge. For a few minutes, it looked like the Lions had all the momentum they needed to hold on for the win.

WIlsonville had a raucous answer. With Ryan Howe already on first base, Crooks crushed a home run to downtown Rainier, far over the left field fence to tie the game at three in a flash. The Wildcats threatened twice more in the inning, putting a man on first and second, but St. Helens closed things out, looking for a miracle.

And a miracle they’d get. Senior Adam Spencer was walked without a swing, and moved to second on Josh Keller’s sacrifice bunt. He hustled to third on a hard grounder to left field from Stangland, but as he turned the corner, home plate was ripe for the picking. Spencer beat the ball to home, sending the ‘Cats packing and snapping the Lions’ slide at seven games.

Poorman pitched a complete game for the Lions, throwing out four strikes and giving up four hits in seven innings of play. St. Helens finished the game perfect in the field with no errors.

SUMMARY

St. Helens 4, Wilsonville 3

St. Helens High School

WILS 010 000 2 - 3 4 1

STHE 000 210 1 - 4 4 0

St. Helens

Hits (4): Keller, Stangland, Bryson Takemoto, Brody Takemoto

RBIs (3): Stangland 2, Brody Takemoto

Runs (4): Galvin, Mulcahy, Spencer 2

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