Lions start to find some offense, but not enough for wins

by: JOHN BREWINGTON - St. Helens' Brody Takemoto bangs out a hit to left during St. Helens' game with Liberty on Tuesday night.The St. Helens Lions found a little offense against Wilsonville on Friday last week, but it wasn’t enough in a 13-8 loss, and their trials continued Tuesday with a 7-3 loss.

The Lions lost all three games of the series and the loss to Wilsonville was their seventh in a row in league.

Wilsonville scored a run in the first inning, but St. Helens took the lead in the contest with three runs in the top of the second. With two outs in the frame, Adam Spencer drew a walk, and Wyatt Mosley followed with a single. A triple by Bryce Mulcahy sent both runners home. Brody Takemoto then doubled to score Mulcahy.

Four hits and two hit batters would account for six Wildcat runs in the bottom of the inning. They led 7-3 at that point.

St. Helens came back with two more runs in the top of the third. Bryson Takemoto doubled with an out, and he went home on a single by Bryce Winnier. Spencer bunted him to third, and Wyatt Mosley singled him home.

Wilsonville added a run for an 8-5 lead in the fourth, and then put the game away with five runs off a single, a triple, an error, a walk, a double, and another error.

The Lions pushed across three more runs in the seventh. Jake Ramiskey reached base on a walk and he advanced on an error that put Brennan Norton on base. Bryson Takemoto singled to score one, another scored on a fielder’s choice, and Wilsonville loaded the bases and then hit a batter to send Takemoto across the plate.

On Tuesday, Liberty broke open a scoreless game for the first two innings with five runs in the third. Those runs came off three singles, two doubles and a homer. They added another in the fourth off a single, stolen base, a single and an error. Their last run came in the firth off a double, and a single.

St. Helens broke the shut-out with two runs in the fourth inning. Jake Ramiskey led off the inning with a double, stole third and scored on a play at first. Brody Takemoto walked, stole second, and scored on a single by Bryce Winnier.

The last run of the game came in the seventh when Martin Scheer walked, advanced on a fielder’s choice, and scored on a right field error off a hit by Adam Spencer.

After the two games, St. Helens was 3-10 in league play and 5-14 on the season. They are ranked 32nd and probably out of contention for post-season play.

Liberty 9, St. Helens 8

The St. Helens Lions came from behind to nearly upset Liberty in a league contest on Wednesday night.

The Lions had trailed 9-2 after four innings, but came up with a run in the fifth, and five in the sixth to make the game close. They had the tying and winning runs on base when the last out was made.

The team has a game with Liberty on Friday, and then at Milwaukie on May 7 and at home against Milwaukie on May 10.

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