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St. Helens softball in tough Northwest Oregon Conference swing

Lions fall 11-1 at second-ranked Putnam, 16-5 to visiting La Salle

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Lions senior Ashley Giesbers drives a pitch in Tuesday's 16-5 loss to visiting La Salle Prep.La Salle Prep broke loose early on Tuesday and did not relent.

The Falcons scored nine fifth-inning runs in a five-inning 16-5 win.

“We are going to be more aggressive in the field like we are running the bases,” Lions coach Miranda Little said. “We are a very quick team, and we can run the bases very well. We just need to carry that aggression onto defense.”

Brooklynn Scheer went five innings for St. Helens (6-11 overall, 4-5 Northwest Oregon Conference) and struck out three.

La Salle Prep freshman Tyka DuPuis and senior Nicole Schreiber drove in four runs each for La Salle (9-10, 5-4). Junior Jasmine Gloden landed two more.

DuPuis also two-hit the Lions and struck out four.

The Falcons also beat the Lions 16-9 on April 5 in Milwaukie and has taken three of four meetings since moving up from Class 4A last season.

St. Helens had no better luck against second-ranked defending state champion Putnam on Friday, April 22, at Hood View Park in Happy Valley.

The Kingsmen held the Lions to two hits in an 11-1, six-inning contest.

Scheer pitched 3.1 innings and Hannah Jordan threw two for St. Helens (6-10, 4-4).

Sophomore Libby Robinson sparked Putnam (16-1-1, 7-1) with four RBIs, senior Brooke Snyder put in three RBIs and junior Sarah Abramson added two more.

Abramson, the defending Class 5A pitcher of the year, also fanned 19 Lions in six innings.

The Lions, who score 6.6 runs per game and give up 7.5, were scheduled to play at Milwaukie (5-12, 0-9) on Wednesday, the results of which were unavailable at press time.

St. Helens beat the visiting Mustangs 10-1 on April 6 and has taken the last five meetings by an average of 9.8 runs.

Putnam 11,

St. Helens 1 (6 innings)

SH 010 000 — 1 2 2

P 014 123 — 11 10 0

La Salle Prep 16,

St. Helens 5 (5 innings)

LS 403 09 — 16 16 2

ST 200 03 — 5 9 2