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Lions baseball looks to take down No. 4 La Salle Prep

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Parks and Ross lead late rally in home loss to Sandy on Wednesday

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Indians junior Owen Wolfe releases a pitch in a 4-3 loss to Sandy on Wednesday in St. Helens.SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Lions senior third baseman Jake Hawkins handles a foul ball.The Lions will have two quick chances to upset No. 4 La Salle Prep in short order.

St. Helens (2-14 overall, 1-10 Northwest Oregon Conference entering Thursday's home game against Parkrose, the results of which were unavailable at press time) is scheduled to play at the Class 5A first-rounder Falcons (13-6, 11-2) at 5 p.m. on Friday in Milwaukie.

The Lions will also host La Salle Prep at 5 p.m. on May 9 after Parkrose comes to town at 5 p.m. on Monday.

The Lions score two runs against seven per game while the Falcons put up six and give up four.

La Salle Prep has taken three of four from St. Helens, though by an average of 4-3 with a shutout for each, since it reached the Class 4A play-in round and came up to the Northwest Oregon three years ago.

In Wednesday's home game against Sandy (8-13, 6-7), St. Helens could not avoid a season sweep or a 4-3 loss.

Trailing 4-1 with an out in the bottom of the seventh, David Parks' one-out grounder to shortstop scored Jacob Hawkins and Christian Ross came home on a Pioneers error at first, but a groundout to the hill put out the rally.

Parks drove in two runs in all, and Haidon Allen scored once, but Sandy scored twice in the first and twice more in the fourth.

Owen Wolfe pitched six innings for four earned runs, seven hits, three walks and struck out three, and Garrett Sukau struck out two more against a hit in the seventh.

The host Pioneers also took a 7-1 decision on Tuesday.

Ross came home with a fifth-inning Sandy error at second, but the Pioneers brought two across in the third, three in the fourth and two in the sixth.

Kyle Harris pitched the first 4 1/3 innings for St. Helens for five earned runs, seven hits, five walks and struck out four, and Jacob Klein went 1 2/3 for two earned runs, two hits, three walks and two strikeouts.

The Lions suffered another season sweep to Milwaukie (7-9. 5-6) on Saturday, April 29, with 2-0 and 8-2 losses, the early game in Milwaukie and the second in Clackamas.

In the opener, Mustangs senior outfielder Cole Roberts came home with a first-inning wild pitch, and senior outfielder Theo Dover singled Roberts home to center in the third.

Wolfe pitched six Lions innings for five hits, two earned runs, a walk and a strikeout, but Milwuakie senior Bradley McVay went seven for three hits and set down 11.

In the later game, Parks' first-single to left freed Allen, and Tyler Lyman came home with a Mustangs error at shortstop in the seventh, but Milwaukie brought home four in the second and three in the final frame.

Joe Rea threw the first four St. Helens innings for five earned runs, six hits and struck out two until Joey Binam went the final three for three unearned runs, six hits, two walks and two strikeouts.

Milwaukie 2, St. Helens 0

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E

SH 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0 3 0

M 1 0 1 0 0 0 x -- 2 5 1

Milwaukie 8, St. Helens 2

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E

M 1 4 0 0 0 0 3 -- 8 12 1

SH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 -- 2 9 2

Sandy 7, St. Helens 1

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E

SH 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 -- 1 4 2

S 0 0 2 3 0 2 x -- 7 9 2

Sandy 4, St. Helens 3

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E

S 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 -- 4 8 1

SH 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 -- 3 7 0