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Softball: Lions lose second straight

St. Helens finally gets the bats going, but can't slow the Canby offense, falling 10-4 at home


by: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - St. Helens sophomore Taylor Leal connects with the full-count pitch, sending it out of the park for the Lions' first score of the afternoon.Junior pitcher Mariah Mulcahy can't return from illness soon enough.

In their second outing in as many days, the Lady Lions ran into Canby's offensive buzz saw on Tuesday afternoon, falling 10-4 to the Cougars and dropping to 0-2 on the season.

Freshman Brookly Scheer stepped in, filling Mulcahy's shoes and tossing the first pitch of her high school career. Her first strikeout, though, didn't come until the sixth inning, after a brief rest and fill-in from sophomore Hannah Jordan.

By the time Jordan took the circle in the top of the second inning, the Lions were staring at a 4-0 deficit, and hadn't so much as seen a player get on base. The Cougars scored another two runs in the second inning to take a six run lead heading to the bottom of the second.

Then the bat of sophomore catcher Tayor Leal started to heat up. So far, St. Helens had only managed to make contact on three pitches. Two were foul balls, and the third – a hit from sophomore Ashley Geisbers – was nabbed out of the air. Leal only missed on one swing, sending a foul ball in the direction of each dugout before connecting on a full-count pitch and sending the ball over the left field fence.

All the sudden, Canby pitcher Aunika Turner started to get a little flustered. Ashley Geisbers was walked on the next at-bat, and Hailey Fischer nailed a grounder on her first pitch. Senior Kali Moore got on base, and though the Lions couldn't manage to score in the inning, the tide had seemed to turn.

The third inning was scoreless for both teams, and for the first time, it seemed like St. Helens might have found some traction. Jordan struck out one batter and the infield tagged out a pair to shut down the Canby offense, but the Cougars came alive once again in the fourth inning scoring a pair of runs and jumping on top 8-1. Canby added two more runs in the fifth inning, and though St. Helens was able to knock down three runs in the bottom of the sixth, it was too little and far too late.

Following up a solid defensive performance in their season-opening loss to West Albany, the Lions made five errors, allowing 10 runs on 14 hits, while getting only seven hits of their own.

Leal, Kali Moore and Jordan each finished with 1 RBI apiece. Jordan and Scheer each pitched a little over three innings, Jordan finishing having struck out two batters and walked three. Scheer walked one and struck out one.

St. Helens will round off their first week with a visit to Glencoe at Hillsboro Stadium on Friday afternoon at 4:30 p.m.

SUMMARY

Canby 10, St. Helens 4

CNBY 330 220 0 – 10 14 2

STHE 010 003 0 – 4 7 5

Hits

Canby 14: Bond 2, Bronsum 1, Crutchfield 1, Thomas 2, Bizon 1, Davis 1, Cowroy 1 Yazzolino 1, Turner 4

St. Helens 7: Sass 1, Leal 1, Moore 2, Jordan 1, Strawn 2

RBIs

Canby 8: Bond 1, Bronsum 1, Crustfield 2, Bizon 1, Turner 3

St. Helens 3: Leal 1, Moore 1, Jordan 1