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St. Helens baseball will challenge visiting Class 4A No. 7 Banks in finale

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Lions' Seven-Mile War home clash with Scappoose canceled due to rain on Tuesday

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Senior Jake Hawkins and the Lions will try to finish their season on a high note at home against Class 4A No. 7 Banks on Friday.SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Seniors Matt Anderson (12), Jake Hawkins (7) relay a base hit.The Lions never shy from an elite adversary.

St. Helens (4-18 overall) is scheduled to host all-Class 4A junior infielder Gunnar Partain and No. 7 semifinalist Banks (15-6) at 5 p.m. on Friday.

The Lions, whose Seven-Mile War homer with Scappoose was canceled due to rain on Tuesday, score three runs against six per game while the Braves put up eight and give up three, which ties fourth-ranked La Grande and eighth-ranked Astoria for the fewest in their classification (3).

In the meantime, St. Helens fell 6-2 to Hillsboro (12-12, 9-7) to yield a two-game season sweep on Friday, May 12, at Rutschman Stadium at Hare Field.

Christian Ross' two-out fifth-inning fly-ball single to center brought Matt Anderson home to break the shutout, and Colton Beisley's one-out fly-ball single to center sprang Garrett Sukau in the sixth, but the Spartans led 2-0 through four, added three more runs in the fifth and brought home another in the sixth.

Owen Wolfe pitched the first five innings for three of six runs earned, 10 hits, three walks and struck out six, and Joe Rea closed as he struck out Hillsboro senior Hudson King and forced a groundout and a pop-up in the sixth.

Hillsboro 6, St. Helens 2

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