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La Salle softball breaks loose from St. Helens in Northwest Oregon Conference opener

Falcons score nine runs in the fourth, win 16-9

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Junior Kayla Finch and St. Helens could not contain La Salle Prep as the Falcons scored nine fourth-inning runs in Tuesday's 16-9 Northwest Oregon Conference opener loss in Milwaukie.St. Helens led La Salle Prep 3-0 into the fourth inning of Tuesday's Northwest Oregon Conference opener in Milwaukie, but the Falcons broke loose from there.

La Salle scored nine runs in the fourth and five in the fifth to spark a 16-9 win.

St. Helens (2-7 overall, 0-1 Northwest Oregon) outhit La Salle 16-11 but committed 12 errors to the Falcons' three.

Taylor Dow's single scored Kayla Finch, Brooklynn Mercier's single scored Brooklynn Scheer, and Mercier came home on a passed ball to cut La Salle's lead to 10-7 in the fifth.

Hallie Schwirse scored on Finch's double in the top of the seventh and the Falcons' lead was 16-9.

"We hit amazingly," Lions coach Miranda Little said. "Nine is a lot of runs and we didn't have a girl strike out, but physical and mental errors helped them score 16 runs."

Sophomore Hannah Sisul came up with three RBIs for La Salle (5-6, 1-0), and junior Jasmine Gloden landed two.

Hannah Jordan's two RBIs powered St. Helens.

"It's really huge to come out and hit like we did," said Jordan, a senior at second base. "Coming out and doing that in the league opener says we're here to hit."

Brooklynn Scheer pitched six innings for the Lions for 11 hits and 16 runs allowed.

The Falcons have taken two of three games in the series since moving up from Class 4A last season.

St. Helens is scheduled to host Milwaukie, from which the Lions have taken the last four contests, at 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

La Salle Prep 16, St. Helens 9

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