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La Salle Prep baseball blanks St. Helens for home-and-away sweep

Simmons, Norman walk in runs in second inning, Falcons win 2-0

     -      The Lions fared better against visiting La Salle Prep on Wednesday in the second game of a Northwest Oregon Conference home-and-away, but plate discipline propelled the Falcons.

Juniors Joel Simmons and Miles Norman were both hit by pitches with the bases loaded in the second inning and La Salle won 2-0.

Junior Matt Lynch pitched 4 1/3 innings for the Falcons (8-4 overall, 2-0 Northwest Oregon Conference) for five hits, a walk and five strikeouts. Senior Dylan DeGeneres struck out two Lions in 2 2/3 relief innings.

Keegan Kline batted 2-for-3 with a double for St. Helens (2-8, 0-2).

Quintin Galvin went 6 2/3 innings for five hits, two earned runs and struck out three Falcons.

The Lions scored five runs in the fifth on Monday in Milwaukie but could not erase La Salle's lead.

The Falcons led throughout and won 10-5.

"We need to field a bunt a little better to give ourselves a chance to win," St. Helens coach Jeff Timmons said.

La Salle (7-4, 1-0) led 6-0 in the top of the fifth until Justin Henningsen launched a solo shot to center, Bryce Mulcahy's bases-loaded walk scored Haidon Allen and Levi Norton's single scored Jacob Hawkins. Galvin also scored in the frame.

Norton pitched 3 1/3 innings for the Lions (2-7, 0-1) for nine hits, six runs -- four earned -- three walks and struck out two. Garrett Sukau went 1 2/3 innings for four hits, four earned runs and a walk. Kline pitched an inning for two hits.

Norton also batted 2-for-3.

Falcons junior Ole Arntson pitched five innings for eight hits, four of five runs earned, walked four Lions and struck out two.

DeGeneres and sophomore Matt Niebergall both went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

The Falcons have taken three of the last four meetings from St. Helens since moving up from Class 4A last season.

Class 6A host Lake Oswego took advantage of Lions mistakes on Friday, April 1.

The Lakers went without an RBI but won 4-1 as the Lions committed four errors.

Senior Jonas Lamont and sophomore Jacob Dukart scored for Lake Oswego (4-5) in the third on consecutive St. Helens miscues at the plate, then senior Mitchell Verberg and sophomore Sam Haney scored on a Lions gaffe at second in the fifth.

Sukau tripled in Henningsen for the Lions (2-6) in the fourth.

Mulcahy pitched 5 2/3 innings for two hits, four runs -- one earned -- three walks and struck out eight.

Mitchell pitched a complete game for two hits and an earned run, walked three and struck out eight.

St. Helens is scheduled to host Milwaukie, from which it has taken the last four contests, at 5 p.m. on Friday.

Lake Oswego 4, St. Helens 1

SH 000 100 0 -- 1 2 4

LO 002 002 x -- 4 2 1

2B -- LO: Sam Haney. 3B -- SH: Garrett Sukau. RBIs -- SH: Sukau.

La Salle Prep 10, St. Helens 5

SH 000 050 0 -- 5 9 2

LS 012 340 x -- 10 15 2

2B -- LS: Joel Simmons, Dylan DeGeneres. HR -- SH: Justin Henningsen; . RBIs -- SH: Bryce Mulcahy, Henningsen, Levi Norton; LS: DeGeneres 2, Matt Niebergall 2, Levi Miles, Miles Norman.

La Salle Prep 2, St. Helens 0

LS 020 000 0 -- 2 5 1

SH 000 000 0 -- 0 5 2

2B -- SH: Keegan Kline. RBIs -- LS: Joel Simmons, Miles Norman.