Lions still struggle with offensive fire power problems

by: JOHN BREWINGTON - St. Helens' Tyler Stangland waits for the ball as a Wilsonville player stretches a hit into a double during Wednesday's game in St. Helens. The Lions went hitless in a 6-0 loss.The St. Helens Lions are improving, but the young squad couldn’t muster enough strength at the plate to overcome Sherwood or Wilsonville over the last week.

The Lions moved up their game with Sherwood from Friday to Thursday last week to try and avoid predicted rain scheduled the next day. The forecast was valid and the move proved prophetic.

Still, the Lions could only give Sherwood two tight innings before falling behind in a 9-3 loss.

Sherwood scored in the second inning off three singles, and then added four more runs in the third off a single, a triple, a bad throw at first, two walks and an out at first.

The Lions got a little momentum going in the top of the fourth with three runs. Wyatt Mosely started that inning with a single, Brennan Norton singled, and Brody Takemoto was safe on a fielder’s choice that scored one. A single by Bryce Mulcahy and another play at first scored the other runs. It was the last St. Helens would get.

The Bowmen added three more runs in the bottom of the fourth and one in the fifth to put the game on ice.

Max Mood and Mulcahy shared pitching duties. Mood went the first 4-1/3 innings, striking out four, giving up nine hits, and walking four. All seven runs were earned. Mulcahy gave up just one hit, struck out two, and gave up one earned run.

On Tuesday at Wilsonville, St. Helens had a bit closer game, but still had problems getting runners across the plate.

It was the fifth straight loss for the team. The Lions would only give up eight hits in the game, but would lose 7-1. Wilsonville got a run in each of the first two innings and then added four in the fifth to put the game away. They had one more in the sixth.

The Lions only run of the contest came in the third inning when lead-off batter Wyatt Mosely singled, advanced on a walk to Martin Scheer, and scored on a single by Brody Takemoto.

Tyler Stangland pitched the first 4-1/3 innings for the Lions, giving up six hits and striking out two. He was relived by Mulcahy for the last 1-2/3 innings. Mulcahy gave up just two hits and a run.

The St. Helens Lions again had problems at the plate on Wednesday as Wilsonville came to town. The Lions wouldn’t have a hit in the 6-0 loss, but would send seven runners to the basepaths—four on walks and three on errors.

Wilsonville would score a run in the first and add on to the total over the course of the game. The Lions best chance to score came in the first when they loaded the bases off an error and two walks. However, they were unable to capitalize.

The Lions finished the three-game series with Wilsonville on Friday, and have have a three-game series with Liberty next week.

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