Hitting stays strong for Saints summer team
The St. Helens Saints averaged nearly 10 runs per game over four games last week.
That was the good news for the local American Legion baseball team.
All those runs added up to only one win, however, because the Saints' defense was shaky.
St. Helens went 1-2 at a tournament in Gresham hosted by Centennial High, then lost on Monday at Wilson.
The Saints are 4-6 this summer.
Their next game is Friday against Hillsboro at Liberty High. The Saints play four games next week, visiting Aloha on Monday and playing home games against Wilson on Tuesday, Hillsboro on Thursday and Centennial on July 13. The games all start at 6 p.m.
The win was a 23-2 clubbing of Madison on June 30 at the Centennial tournament.
The losses were to Molalla and Ridgefield (Washington) at the Centennial event, plus a loss on Monday at Wilson.
Molalla 5, St. Helens 2 — The Saints had only three hits and stranded 12 base runners on June 29 in the first game at Centennial.
St. Helens scored its two runs in the seventh inning on RBI doubles from Nick Brooks and Jared Hora.
Justin Olson had a single for the Saints, who were 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position.
Hunter Vanderwerf struck out seven over four innings but took the pitching loss.
St. Helens 23, Madison 2 — The Saints had 17 hits in the five-inning game on June 30 at Centennial.
Neil Wolfe pitched all five innings, striking out nine with one walk and four hits.
Wolfe and Brooks had three singles apiece for St. Helens, which scored six times in the top of the first inning and had a nine-run fourth.
Five Saints had two hits, with four of them hitting a double — Hunter Venderwerf, Jackson Hald, Blake Winnier and Levi Vanderwerf.
Hald had two hits, and Tyler Tolleshaug and Trevor McFarland each had a base hit.
Ridgefield 10, St. Helens 6 — The Saints could not overcome six errors that produced six unearned Ridgefield runs on the final day of the Centennial tourney.
A seven-run second inning helped the team from Wouthwest Washington to a 9-0 lead.
Olson hit two doubles for the Saints, who out-hit Ridgefield, 9-6.
Eight players had hits for St. Helens. Kaleb Edwards hit a double, and Brooks, Ryan Maher, Hunter Vanderwerf, McFarland, Had and Cody McKay each had one hit.
Wilson 13, St. Helens 7 — Seven errors by the Saints helped Wilson to a home-field win on Monday. Nine of Wilson's runs were unearned.
St. Helens scored six times in the top of the sixth inning, but still trailed by five runs.
Hora hit three singles for the Saints, Hald had two singles and Olson had a base hit.