After late streak earns Lions a Play-In, St. Helens struggles vs. HRV pitching

The St. Helens baseball team faced a tough challenge from the start of its Play-In game on May 18 at Hood River Valley.

The Eagles scored three unearned runs in the bottom of the first on their way to a comfortable 8-0 win that sent them to a Class 5A playoff game on Wednesday at Sandy.

St. Helens finished its season 7-17.

Two Hood River Valley pitchers combined on a no-hitter. St. Helens managed just two base runners.

Hood River Valley senior pitcher Cooper Coerper struck out 14 Lions over six innings. Sophomore Greyson Losee pitched the seventh for the Eagles.

St. Helens entered the Play-In at Hood River on a four-game winning streak to earn the chance to take on the Eagles. The Lions completed the regular season by sweeping two games each from Parkrose and Milwaukie, the two teams below them in the eight-team Northwest Oregon Conference, by a combined score of 59-6.

But Hood River Valley's pitching quieted the Lions, and the Eagles (17-11) had nine hits off of three St. Helens pitchers

The two St. Helens base runners reached in the top of the fourth. Joe Lea drew a leadoff walk but was erased on a double play. Jacobi Allen reached on a dropped third strike, but another Coerper strikeout ended the inning.

Half of the 14 players for the St. Helens varsity baseball team were seniors.

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