Team plays a lot better in first two outings of tourney

by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Off the bat. St. Helens' Wyat Mosely cranks out a double Tuesday during the Lions win over Forest Grove. He also had a triple in the game.The St. Helens Lions looked like a different team over spring break, winning two of three games at the Forest Grove Tournament.

The Lions had lost their first three games going into the tournament, and two others were postponed. Errors and pitching mistakes had plagued them.

This time around the team got into their first two games with convincing wins over 3A Amity and 6A Forest Grove.

In their third outing of the tournament, the Lions played okay, but errors and walks cost them against Centennial in a 9-1 loss. They walked 11 batters in the contest. All the Centennial runs came in the third and fourth innings off five walks, three errors, two singles and a double.

The Lions only run came in the fourth when Jake Ramiskey reached base on an error, stole second, and scored on a single by Brody Takemoto.

Sophomore Bryce Sanford hurled a solid game against Amity, giving up just one hit, one run, and striking out nine batters in five innings. Tyler Stangland relieved for the last two innings.

Although it took the Lions a couple of innings to get going offensively, they quickly took control.

Ramiskey, a senior out for the first time since he was a freshman, nearly hit for the cycle. He was four of five at the plate with two singles, a double, and a triple. He scored three times and had two RBIs.

Ramiskey’s single, a single by Bryce Winnier, and two walks and a hit batter accounted for three runs in the bottom of the third. The Lions put the game away with seven runs in the fourth, eclipsing their run total for their first three games combined. A doubles by Tyler Stangland, singles by Ramiskey, Martin Scheer, Brody Takemoto, Winnier, Bryce Mulcahy, and Adam Spencer, plus a hit batter brought in those runs. by: JOHN BREWINGTON - St. Helens' Jake Shirley pitched a good game against Forest Grove on Tuesday.

Ramiskey would score after a triple in the fourth. Scheer would walk and join the three-run club when Winnier doubled. Winnier was three for five in the game and Scheer was two for two with three walks.

The Lions would play an equally solid game the next day, beating Forest Grove 7-1. This time sophomore Jake Shirley and senior Wyatt Mosley handled the pitching chores. Shirley went five innings, and got himself out of trouble several time. He gave up just four hits. Mosley didn’t give up a hit and struck out three in his two innings.

Mosley was also a terror at the plate with a triple, two doubles, and reached base on an error in five at-bats.

The Lions led off the game with two runs. Mosley was safe on an error, but out on a fielder’s choice that put Stangland on base. Ramiskey walked, and Scheer singled to drive in the first run. Brody Takemoto followed with a single to score another.

Forest Grove answered with a long run in the bottom of the frame off a walk, stolen base and a single, but it was their last score.

Bryson Takemoto walk, advanced on an error and scored on Mosley’s trip in the second. Mosley scored after singling in the fourth on Ramiskey’s single. The Lions led 4-1.

They made it a 6-1 game in the fifth with two more runs. Brennan Norton led off with a single, advanced on a nice sacrifice bunt by Winnier. Bryson Takemoto took first on a walk and both moved up on a passed ball. A long fly to right from Noah Weitzel sent Norton home, and Takemoto racked up a run on a double by Mosley.

The Lions last run came in the seventh. Norton got his second hit in four at bats and moved up on a sacrifice by Winnier. A double by Weitzel, also two for four on the day, sent him home.

The Lions start league play next week, hosting Sandy on Tuesday. They travel to Sandy on Wednesday, and then are at Parkrose on JOHN BREWINGTON - Back to second. St. Helens' Brennan Norton dives back to second base and the ball gets by Forest Grove fielder during Tuesday's game. Forest Grove hosted the tournament.

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