The Lions have won two in a row for the second time this season, and will look for their third consecutive win on Tuesday
If the Lions can get a few more games like Friday's from sophomore Quintin Galvin, they'll have plenty of highlights in their future. Given, the series opener against Parkrose was a matchup with the league's worst team at 1-9, but Galvin pitched a gem on April 11, striking out five, walking none and allowing just three hits in a complete game victory over the Broncos.
St. Helens' 4-1 win, which kicked off the first half of their league series with Parkrose, stretches their winning streak to a pair of games for the second time this season, with hopes to see it reach three after Tuesday afternoon's road contest.
The home nine got on the board in the second inning, thanks to an RBI single from senior Noah Weitzel, who knocked the ball into left field to score Beau Mason.
The Broncos responded to tie the game in the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly from senior first-baseman Trevor Pickron, which opened the door for sophomore Campbell Dace to run home. That would be the end of the offensive chances for the road team.
Galvin and his defense didn't allow a Bronco to reach first base until the seventh inning, when Parkrose cracked a pair to get runners on first and third base. By that point, the Lions were already in firm control.
In the bottom of the fifth, sophomore Bryce Mulcahy had singled to center field, scoring seniors Adam Spencer and Josh Keller to give the Lions a 3-1 lead, and a pair of mistakes by the Bronco pitching staff pushed Ryne Poorman – pinch running for Mason – to second and to third, before an error left home plate wide open for Poorman to score the Lions' fourth run of the afternoon.
The Lions have allowed just one run over their past two contests, and will look to continue their success on Tuesday as they close out the early season series with Parkrose. The Broncos have lost eight in a row after narrowly beating Glencoe 3-2 on March 20, and have allowed the second-most runs of any team in the 5A division. With a win, St. Helens could move up as high as second place in the NWOC standings.
St. Helens 4, Parkrose 1
St. Helens High School
PARK 000 100 0 – 1 3 3
STHE 010 021 0 – 4 8 0
Hits (3): Dace, Emmons, Proud
RBI (1): Pickron
Runs (1): Dace
Hits (8): Keller, Stangland, Mulcahy, Mason 2, Jones 2, Weitzel
RBIs (3): Mulcahy 2, Weitzel
Runs (4): Keller, Mason, Poorman, Spencer