St. Helens Majors bounce Scappoose in District 1 consolation quarterfinal, come up second
Wilshire-Riverside beats Lions 19-6 for crown at Erv Lind Stadium in Portland
The St. Helens Majors' District 1 Tournament sprint began and ended with Wilshire-Riverside (Portland) at Erv Lind Stadium in Portland.
The Lions fell 15-5 to Wilshire-Riverside in the first round on Saturday, July 2, but were not finished.
"We worked hard on hitting and fielding," St. Helens coach Jim Wolfe said. "In the games we won, we fielded well three double plays, for example as well as hitting early in counts and with two strikes on us. With our hitting, we never felt out of a game."
The Lions shut North Portland out 17-0 in the first round of consolation, beat Rainier 9-7 in the second consolation round and ousted Scappoose 14-3 in the consolation quarterfinals.
Joseph Medley walked to load the Indians bases before the first out in the second consolation quarterfinal inning, but the Lions collected three outs in the infield.
Neil Wolfe's inside-the-park home run brought Garrett Smith home, and St. Helens led 6-0 midway through the third.
Cameron Sexton's single down the first base line scored Jay Moore and Trevor Fitzgerald with no outs in the sixth, Ryan Maher's homer sprung Levi Vanderwerf and Cameron Sexton, and Vanderwerf's triple brought Fitzgerald across for a 13-3 lead.
The Indians beat North Portland 20-8 in the first round, fell 17-1 to Wilshire-Riverside in the second round and beat Parkside (Portland) 15-5 in the consolation quarterfinals.
The Lions finished Hollywood-Rose City (Portland) 9-6 in the consolation semifinal.
Wilshire-Riverside won the championship game 19-6 and will advance to the state tournament that begins on Saturday at Erv Lind Stadium.
State tournament updates are online at http://www.eteamz.com/ordistrict1/.