The Lions came back from a 2-0 hole to tie, but Canby gets the last laugh in the eigth inning

The St. Helens Lions fought back from a 2-0 deficit on the road against Canby, netting a pair of runs in the sixth inning to extend the game, but gave up a run in the top of the eighth and watched their comeback bid fall short.

The Lions (0-1) had pitched a marvelous game, striking out eight batters and walking five between Ryan Poorman and Bryce Stanford. They even out-hit the hometown Cougars, getting nine hits to Canby's seven.

Neither team cracked the scoreboard until the bottom of the second inning. Canby's Jon Inman singled out to third base, and stole second on the next at-bat. Minutes later, Inman took advantage of an error at first base to round third and come home, putting the Cougars up by one.

A pair of mistakes in the bottom of the third gave Canby their second run of the afternoon. A wild pitch opened up the door for Nico Tellacher to steal second base, and advanced to third on a single from Cougar center fielder Parker Woodley. On the next at-bat, another wild pitch gave Tellacher a clear path to run home.

The Lions finally answered in the top of the sixth. Facing two strikes, Bryce Winnier sent the ball into left field, allowing Josh Henningsen to round third base and score to give St. Helens their first point. Brody Takemoto was tagged trying to steal third base, but Winnier was able to reach second.

Bryce Mulcahy was next at bat, and hit a line drive to center field on his first swing, sending Winnier home to tie the game with one out remaining in the top of the sixth.

St. Helens wasn't able to score in the seventh, and midway through the bottom of the seventh inning, Canby looked poised for a walk-off victory. Noah Kyllo singled to left field, and advanced to second on a sacrifice from Tellacher. Poorman intentionally walked Woodley and Hunter Spriggs, and with the bases loaded just one out, the pressure was on.

Poorman more than withstood the test, striking out the next two batters and closing out the seventh inning and sending the game to an extra inning.

St. Helens connected on each of their at-bats in the eighth inning, but couldn't get on base. Takemoto, Winnier and Mulcahy each put the ball in play, but the Canby defense responded well, scooping up a pair of grounders and a fly ball to set up a walk-off single from Canby's Dave Kurronen in the bottom of the eighth.

St. Helens will travel to Reynolds on Wednesday, March 19 at 4:30 p.m., and due to soggy conditions, will move their March 21 home game to West Linn. They will take part in the Glencoe tournament on March 24-26, and will open their home schedule against Hillsboro on April 1 at 4:40 p.m.


Canby 3, St. Helens 2

STHE 000 002 00 – 2 9 1

CNBY 011 000 01 – 3 7 0


St. Helens 9: Keller, Mason, Henningsen, Brody Takemoto, Winnier, Mclahy 2, Bryson Takemoto, Spencer

Canby 7: Kyllo, Woodley 2, Inman, Fitch, Kurronen


St. Helens 2: Winnier, Mulcahy

Canby 1: Kurronen

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