Baseball: St. Helens sweeps Parkrose doubleheader
Lions get offense on track in second game
It might have taken St. Helens a little while to rub the sleep out of their eyes on Friday afternoon, but once the Lions kicked their offense in gear, Parkrose didn't have a chance of slowing them down.
St. Helens (10-2, 5-1 NWOC) won both halves of a double header with the Broncos, taking the first game 2-0 and blowing out Parkrose 15-4 in the second half.
The first game, though, was frustrating. Issues with scheduling and problems with Parkrose not having enough players earlier in the week turned a Wednesday-Friday series into a double header and one that forced the St. Helens players out of school early.
The Lions were matched up with Parkrose sophomore Gunnar Schlichting in the opener, and found it difficult to put the ball in play because of Schlichting's unusually slow pitches. St. Helens got players on base in the first and second innings, and threatened in the bottom of the third, but stranded runners at the corners as a high fly ball was caught in left field.
St. Helens finally struck in the bottom of the fourth. Beau Mason was walked to lead off the inning, and as Brandon Jones made to steal second, the Broncos finally made a big mistake. The throw to second base was too much to handle and Mason was able to steal home.
The Lions got their lone RBI of the first game on a single to left field from Brody Takemoto to score Bryce Mulcahy and give the home team a two-run lead in the bottom of the fifth.
Whatever momentum St. Helens found late in the first game seemed to carry over into the second. Technically a road game, the Lions led off the top of the first inning and blasted Parkrose for four runs. Brody Takemoto came up with an RBI single to get things started, and was followed by two bases-loaded walks before coming around to score on an error at first.
St. Helens, sporting a slightly altered lineup with Haidon Allen and Justin Helgerson both seeing meaningful time, scored two runs in the second, third and fourth innings to grab a 10-4 lead.
In the top of the sixth inning, the Broncos were finally put to bed. With Quintin Galvin and Ryne Poorman on first and second, Mulcahy tripled to center field and was scored moments later on an RBI single from Helgerson.
An RBI single from Galvin batted Allen home in the top of the seventh, closing the scoring for the day.
Poorman got the start on the mound in the first game, throwing out a season-high 92 pitches in five innings, striking out seven batters and allowing one hit. Mulcahy stepped in for the final two innings.
St. Helens pitched by committee in the second game, as Jake Shirley, Galvin and Bryce Winnier all saw stints and combined for seven hits and eight strikeouts.
St. Helens sits a half-game behind Putnam (10-2, 6-0 NWOC) for the top spot in the NW Oregon Conference and continues to lead Class 5A with just 22 runs allowed in 12 games. The Lions will travel to Wilsonville (9-5, 4-0 NWOC) on Friday, April 24 before hosting Wilsonville on Tuesday, April 28 at 5 p.m.
St. Helens 15, Parkrose 4
STHE 422 213 1 15 17 3
PARK 211 000 0 4 7 4
Runs-hits-RBIs: Poorman 1-2-1, Galvin 4-3-2, Mulcahy 2-3-3, Winnier 2-1-0, Brody Takemoto 1-1-2, Helgerson 0-1-1, Heningsen 1-2-2, Mason 1-2-1, Allen 2-1-1, Bryson Takemoto 1-1-1
Hits-strikeouts: W-Galvin 2-3 (3.2), Shirley 5-3, Winnier 0-2; Simkovic 3-1, Schimojima 5-1, Thomas 3-2, Cano 6-2
St. Helens 2, Parkrose 0
PARK 000 000 0 0 2 4
STHE 000 110 x 2 9 0
Runs-hits-RBIs: Heningsen 0-1-0, Galvin 0-1-0, Mulcahy 1-1-0, Winnier 0-1-0, Brody Takemoto 0-2-1, Mason 1-0-0, Jones 0-3-0
Hits-strikeouts: W-Poorman 1-7 (5), Mulcahy 1-1; Schlichting 7-1 (5), Thomas 2-1JW_DISQUS_ADD_A_COMMENT