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Baseball: St. Helens sweeps Sandy with 4-1 win

Ryne Poorman with eight strikeouts in victory

In case any extra evidence was needed as proof that the landscape in NW Oregon Conference baseball is shifting, St. Helens added more fuel to the fire on Friday afternoon.

The Lions beat Sandy — the defending Class 5A state champions — 4-1 on Friday, sweeping the Pioneers in the two-game league series for the first time in school history.

Senior Ryne Poorman made his return to the mound, allowing just four hits and striking out eight batters in the win. The defense behind Poorman played perfectly, going seven inning without an error and helping the Lions to come back from a 1-0 third-inning deficit.

St. Helens got their rally in the bottom of the fourth. Bryce Winnier doubled to right field and Brody Takemoto was walked before Justin Heningsen sent an RBI single to center field to tie the game. A few minutes later, Jake Shirley came up with the go-ahead run, singling to shortstop as Takemoto scores.

Then the clincher: a wild pitch pushed Shirley and Beau Mason to second and third, respectively, before Poorman's hard grounder was mishandled at first base. Mason and Shirley both scored, giving the Lions a 4-1 lead.

Poorman responded by striking out all three batters in the top of the fifth inning, and allowing just three runners to reach first base the rest of the way.

The win keeps St. Helens in the running for one of the top-four places in the NW Oregon Conference standings, a game behind Rex Putnam for third place and two games clear of La Salle. St. Helens will play a home-and-home series with Hillsboro on Tuesday and Wednesday, completing the home leg with the Spartans on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m.


St. Helens 4, Sandy 1

SAND 001 000 0 — 1 4 2

STHE 000 400 x 4 5 2

Runs-hits-RBIs: Winnier 1-1-0, Brody Takemoto 1-1-0, Heningsen 0-1-1, Mason 1-0-0, Shirley 1-1-1, Jones 0-1-0


Hits-strikeouts: W-Ryne Poorman 4-8; Dwyre 5-4, Schaffer 0-2