by: GREG ARTMAN / FILE - Ryan Howe logged six strikeouts in six innings on the mound to help the Wilsonville baseball team top St. Helens 8-3 at home April 30. The Wildcats won the series, 2-1.The Wilsonville baseball team won its three-game league series against St. Helens last week, taking the first two games before dropping a frustrating one-run decision in the finale.

The series was highlighted by the Wildcats’ 8-1 road victory April 29, when senior Tanner Crooks threw a complete game with seven strikeouts while adding two hits and five RBI at the plate.

Matt Kelly and Nick Barraclough added two hits apiece for Wilsonville (10-10, 8-4 in the Northwest Oregon Conference), which pulled away with a five-run seventh inning.

The Wildcats, who are tied with Putnam for third place in the NWOC standings, also defeated St. Helens 8-3 at home the following day thanks in part to Kelly (two hits, four RBI) and Ryan Howe (six strikeouts in six innings).

The team came up short May 2 on the road, 4-3, pulling even with two runs in the top of the seventh inning before giving up the go-ahead run to the Lions in the bottom of the frame. Crooks had two hits and two RBI in the loss.

Wilsonville will wrap up its regular season with three games against league-leading Sherwood and two against second-place Sandy.

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