Tucker Mosley's two-out line-drive double to right that freed Christian Ross and Colton Beisley was just what the Lions needed for a seventh-inning tie against Class 4A No. 7 Banks in all three seniors' final St. Helens home games on Friday, May 19, but the Braves got away with two runs in the 10th for a 6-4 win.
The loss was the Lions' ninth loss this season in 11 games decided for two or fewer runs.
Banks junior Blaine Herb's one-out single to center field in the third extra frame brought home senior Casey McGough and freshman Jared Evans in the top half of the third extra frame, and two flyouts and a strikeout sealed the Lions' fate.
McGough came home for the Braves (16-6 overall) and a 2-2 tie in the sixth off of a one-out Lions passed ball. Herb reached first base on a St. Helens (4-19) error at second and Evans went home, then senior Trevor Thiessen's groundout to first freed sophomore Trask Applegate for a 4-2 lead.
Chase Nelson's single to left scored Beisley for a one-out 1-1 tie in the fourth after Herb's solo home run to left in the second, and Mosley scored for a 2-1 Lions lead as Jax Ogle bunted into a one-out fielder's choice at first.
Ross pitched the first 5 1/3 innings for two of three runs earned, five hits, two walks and struck out six, and Garrett Sukau went 3 1/3 in relief for a pair of unearned runs, three hits, three walks and three strikeouts.
Haidon Allen led the team with a .339 batting average, 20 singles, a double, six runs batted in and nine scores, and Sukau (.284, 12 singles, seven doubles, seven RBIs and seven runs), Ross (.243, 15 singles, three doubles, seven RBIs and five runs) and David Parks (.269, 15 singles, two doubles, a home run, six RBIs and six runs) followed.
Owen Wolfe led St. Helens on the hill this season with a 2-7 record, 56 hits, 17 of 28 runs earned, 16 walks, 40 strikeouts and a 2.445 earned run average.
Mosley, Ross, Beisley, Nelson, Ogle, Sukau, Allen, Matt Anderson and Jake Hawkins are scheduled to graduate in June after the Lions finished 3-14 for seventh in the Northwest Oregon Conference and missed the postseason for the second year in a row.
Banks 6, St. Helens 4
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
B 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 2 -- 6 10 2
SH 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 -- 4 7 3