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Big fifth inning can't lift Lions baseball over La Salle

Falcons take Northwest Oregon Conference opener 10-5 in Milwaukie


SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Lions junior Levi Norton batted 2-for-3 for an RBI in St. Helens' 10-5 Northwest Oregon Conference opener loss to La Salle Prep on Tuesday in Milwaukie. He also pitched 3 1/3 innings for nine hits, six runs -- four earned -- three walks and struck out two.St. Helens' five fifth-inning runs could not erase La Salle Prep's lead in its Northwest Oregon Conference opener on Monday in Milwaukie.

The Falcons led throughout and won 10-5.

La Salle (7-4 overall, 1-0 Northwest Oregon) led 6-0 in the top of the fifth until Justin Henningsen launched a solo shot to center, Bryce Mulcahy's bases-loaded walk scored Haidon Allen and Levi Norton's single scored Jacob Hawkins. Quintin Galvin also scored in the frame.

Norton pitched 3 1/3 innings for St. Helens (2-7, 0-1) for nine hits, six runs -- four earned -- three walks and struck out two. Garrett Sukau went 1 2/3 innings for four hits, four earned runs and a walk. Keegan Kline pitched an inning for two hits.

Norton also batted 2-for-3.

Falcons junior Ole Arntson pitched five innings for eight hits, four of five runs earned, walked four Lions and struck out two.

Senior Dylan DeGeneres and sophomore Matt Niebergall both went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

The Lions are scheduled to host the very same Falcons, who have taken two of three in the series since moving up from Class 4A last season, at 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

La Salle Prep 10, St. Helens 5

SH 000 050 0 -- 5 9 2

LS 012 340 x -- 10 15 2

2B -- LS: Joel Simmons, Dylan DeGeneres. HR -- SH: Justin Henningsen; . RBIs -- SH: Bryce Mulcahy, Henningsen, Levi Norton; LS: DeGeneres 2, Matt Niebergall 2, Levi Miles, Miles Norman.