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Lions softball can start late Northwest Oregon Conference flourish in Hillsboro

St. Helens looks to win first back-to-back games since taking down Sandy and Milwaukie in early April

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Lions senior Brooklynn Scheer delivers a pitch in an 8-4 win over Parkrose on Wednesday in St. Helens.SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Lions junior Kortney Smith, left, and sophomore Taylor Dow, right, relay a flyout.The Lions would love to win their first back-to-back games since early April, and they have a shot at a two-game sweep in Hillsboro on Friday.

St. Helens (3-14 overall, 3-7 Northwest Oregon Conference before its game at No. 9 La Salle Prep on Thursday, the results of which were unavailable at press time) is scheduled for a 4 p.m. doubleheader with the Class 5A first-rounder Spartans (11-8, 6-6).

The Lions score three runs against eight per game while the Spartans put up four and give up three, and Hillsboro has beaten St. Helens four times by an average of 6-2 since it reached the Class 6A play-in round and came down to the Northwest Oregon two years ago.

St. Helens did, however, split its home doubleheader with Parkrose (4-15, 3-9) with a 3-2 loss and an 8-4 with Parkrose on Wednesday after yielding Putnam (11-9, 9-2) a season sweep in a 4-3 home loss on Friday, April 28, and falling 11-5 at La Salle Prep on Tuesday.