St. Helens breaks a nine-game losing streak; loses one, then downs 6A Lincoln

by: JOHN BREWINGTON - St. Helens catcher Bryce Winnier tags out a leaping Kevin Lave of Liberty last week during a three-game series between the two teams. St. Helens won the last game of the series to break a nine-game losing streak.The St. Helens Lions broke their nine-game losing streak last Friday with a come-from-behind, 9-8 victory over visiting Liberty.

The Lions couldn’t make it two in a row on Tuesday night with a 7-0 shut-out loss at Milwaukie.

The Lions win over Liberty wasn’t a classic performance, but it was workmanlike enough to get the job done.

Liberty started the contest with two runs in the first inning. A hit batter, double, three walks, some stolen bases and a passed ball put them in front.

The Lions responded by scoring Wyatt Mosley. He singled, advanced on a bunt by Bryson Takemoto, and scored on a single by Brody Takemoto. Brody was caught trying to stretch his hit into a double.

A walk, stolen base and an error allowed another Liberty runner to score in the second. St. Helens answered with a walk to Tyler Stangland, who advanced and scored on a single by Noah Weitzel and Josh Keller. Adam Spencer walked to load the bases with one out, but Liberty gunned down one player at home, and threw out another at first.

Liberty would add three more runs in the top of the fourth. A single, error, walk and a hit batter accounted for those runs. Again, St. Helens answered with two runs. Weitzel scored after a single and an error, and Mosley reached base on a walk and scored on another error. It was a 6-4 contest.

by: JOHN BREWINGTON - St. Helens' Max Mood threw a good game against Liberty.The game turned in the fifth after the Lions shut down Liberty. Martin Scheer would walk, and Tyler Stangland reached base on an error. Weitzel and Keller also walked. An error scored one, a play at first scored another, and a single by Mosley sent the last two home.

Liberty got a run in the seventh off two singles, and a wild pitch, but the Lions shut them off.

At Milwaukie, St. Helens had trouble getting the bat on the ball. They had only one hit in the game (Adam Spencer) and that no-hit spoiler came in the seventh inning. The Milwaukie pitcher, Nathan Wilson, struck out eight, gave up just one hit, and walked only two. He’s considered one of the better pitchers in the 5A ranks.

St. Helens only got four batters to base in the inning—the one hit, two walks, and an error.

Milwaukie pushed four runs across the plate in the third off five hits and a walk, and added three more in the fifth off four singles and two walks. Bryce Sanford pitched the first five innings for St. Helens and Tyler Stangland pitched the last inning.

St. Helens came back to beat 6A Lincoln on Wednesday night in a non-league fracas. The Lions posted a 5-3 win in a close game.

St. Helens had taken a 3-1 lead in the fourth inning, but Lincoln came back to tie the game in the sixth with two runs.

With two outs, Adam Spencer reached base after a strike-out, and Wyatt Mosley singled. Jake Ramisky’s double then drove in the final two runs.

The Lions have a home game on Friday against Milwaukie to end their season.

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