Wilsonville baseball takes second game against St. Helens
Wilsonville—In as many games, the Wilsonville baseball team claimed two victories against the St. Helens Lions. At home on Friday, April 6 the Wildcats dominated the visiting team 7-0 in seven innings to claim the victory.
With the win, Wilsonville moves to 2-0 in the Northwest Oregon Conference (NWOC), and 7-4 overall. St. Helens meanwhile falls to 1-7 overall, and drops its second consecutive league game.
"We feel pretty good," Wilsonville head coach Bryn Card said after the game. "We've got a process throughout the season in regards to getting the rust off preseason and really trying to open up once league starts. The boys have an idea of what they're trying to do, getting good approaches at the plate and I feel like they're really starting to figure that out. We're doing our job every at bat, we're doing our job at the mound, so hopefully that'll continue."
"Early, we couldn't really find the strike zone right out of the gate," St. Helens coach Jeff Timmons said. "We battled a little bit, made good pitches later, started getting in the comfort zone and throwing the ball in the zone. Then of course we didn't make plays early on, so we started making plays defensively which helped us put zeroes up for them."
The first inning saw Wilsonville get on the board early. Senior Eric Hill hit a triple into right field, propelling junior Trevor Antonson and senior Andrew Gay round the bases to home plate. The first two runs were on the board for the Wildcats. Later in the inning, Hill ran to home off of a wild pitch and Wilsonville was up three runs to none.
In the second inning, Wilsonville senior Austin Tacla hit a sacrifice fly and got junior Cade Edmonson in. Wilsonville was up 4-0 by the end of the second inning.
After another scoreless at-bat for St. Helens, Wilsonville took to the offensive again. After a fielding error and sacrifice hit got Andrew Gay to second base, senior Haldan Bjornson stepped up to bat. Bjornson drilled the first pitch right back at St. Helen's pitcher Owen Wolfe in the hip. Wolfe managed to snag the ball and get Bjornson out at first. Several batters later, Gay had made it around the bases, and Wolfe fielded another infield ball to get the third out. Wilsonville was up by five at the top of the fourth inning.
It would be a rough bottom of the inning for Wolfe as well. The pitcher was hit in the ankle by another high velocity hit. Despite Wolfe's apparent pain, the St. Helen's senior played the rest of the inning and the next.
"It was one of those things where I started off pretty terrible in the beginning," Wolfe said. "I didn't have my stuff, I couldn't locate. Throughout the game I was starting to get my location down, and I felt like I could actually get the ball where I wanted to. As I was getting better, I wanted to make sure I stuck it out out there and gave it as much as I could give."
The bottom of the fourth was also St. Helen's best inning defensively, as the team nabbed a double play at first and second to close out the inning.
In the bottom of the fifth, Wilsonville's Bjornson smacked a triple into the outfield and got Hill from first base all the way across home plate. Bjornson made it back to home later in the inning. Wilsonville was up seven, and that's where the game ended.
"It's a good team win," Wilsonville's starting pitcher Nolan Thebiay said. "We had our bats going pretty well today. It's a team win, we did it for the boys. The seven up on the board, that's all family right there."
Wilsonville and St. Helens will have a third meeting on Tuesday, April 10.