St. Helens pushes five runs across plate in first inning
by: John Brewington BIG SWING—A Scappoose ballplayer cranks out a hit during last week's game with St. Helens.

The first meeting between the St. Helens Lady Lions and Scappoose Lady Indians since 2000 wasn't as intense as it might have been.

The game was played under less than ideal conditions and St. Helens put the game away early on, cruising to a 9-1 win.

St. Helens pounded out 14 hits in the contest, including batting through the line-up in the first inning. Scappoose mustered four hits and salvaged some pride with a run in the sixth inning.

The Lady Lions Mariah Mulcahy hurled the first five innings, striking out seven, walking one, and giving up just one hit. Payton Albertson finished for St. Helens. Lacey Updike went the distance from the plate for Scappoose.

'We haven't played in a long time, at least 11 years,' St. Helens coach Jeff Edwards said. 'I expected a little more of a rival attitude, but things have changed. The kids were hugging after the game.'

Offensively, St. Helens was led by Abbie Hanson-four for four, four RBIs. Mulcahy was three for four with a double, scoring twice. Brooke Cathers, Sue Sass, Kayla Beeler, Michaella Ziegler, and Michelle Sass each had singles.

Scappoose's only run of the contest came in the sixth. Amara Templin led off with a walk, Cassidy Hoglund reached base on a fielder's choice, Lexi Courtney walked, and Molly Reardon walked to load the bases. Kennedy Bailey singled to drive in the run.

The Lady Indians were to host Yamhill-Carlton on Tuesday and go to Tillamook for a doubleheader on Friday.

Score by innings:

St. Helens 9, Scappoose 1

Scappoose 000 001 0-1 4 0

St. Helens 501 003 x-9 14 0

Scappoose-Lacey Updike and Kennedy Bailey; St. Helens-Mariah Mulcahy, Payton Albertson (6) and Michelle Sass.

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