No hitter keeps Helper American Legion team perfect
The Helper American Legion team continues to find ways to win as they stayed undefeated in Salt Lake Valley league action. Their record stands at 8-0 after wins against both East and Kearns last week. On Monday they downed East 12-3 and then they finished off with a 6-2 put down of Kearns with a no hit performance from Helper pitcher Derrick Anderson.
Monday night was another important league game for Helper. Coach Jeff Cisneros was happy with the outcome and felt his team played very well.
"It's always hard after a long weekend like we had to travel and play but the kids did a nice job. Bradon Bolotas pitched the entire game and did a very nice job. So far Bradon has been our most consistent pitcher and has done a great job every time he has stepped on the mound," he said about the win.
After a slow start at the plate Helper put up five in the third. They scored five more runs in the sixth on five more hits and a couple of East errors. Adding two in the seventh inning on a two run home run by Daniel Peczuh capped off a good night for the offense. On the night Helper scattered 12 hits and played good defense. The solid pitching from Bolotas was icing of the cake.
On Wednesday Helper faced a good Kearns team at home. Anderson was the starter for the home town and had a shaky first inning. He allowed two runs on no hits and gave up three walks and an error.
The game start had been delayed for an hour for the Kearns players to show up. Cisneros felt like all the warming up and stopping and warming up had an effect on Anderson. But after the first inning Anderson was locked in. He only walked two more batters and didn't give up a hit on the night.
"This was the first no hitter I have been involved with in my coaching career and I could not think of a more deserving kid than Derrick to throw one. He really kept the Kearns hitters off balance and in the sixth inning he only threw three pitches as the first three hitters hit the first pitch and then grounded out. I can not say enough about the pitching performance Derrick turned in especially after having to wait to start he game. Derrick has worked hard for two years in the summer for us and has always done a nice job on the mound. I really think he has the ability to pitch and play at the next level if he continues to work hard," remarked Cisneros about the rare feat his pitcher accomplished.
The offense worked its magic to back up the pitching effort. Danny Flahie led the game off with a home run. Walks to Kash Jewkes and Kenny Seals followed by a single from Chris Coleman and a double by Beau Rich gave Helper a lead of 3-2 after the first inning.
They added a two more runs in the second inning. Nate Martinez hit his first home run of the summer and singles by Haden Basinger and Seals scored Flahie who had been previously walked. Helper added a run in the fourth when Seals picked up his third hit of the game and scored Flahie who had reached third on walk.
"Overall we played a good solid game on defense and had the hits we needed to score enough runs to pick up the win," stated Cisneros. "The pitching performance stole the night and we had our first no hitter and the win put us at 8-0 in the league standings."
This will be another important week as the team have five more league games starting Monday night. Helper takes on Olympus and Murray at Ken Price Park to start things off. Then they then turn around and play Olympus at home Wednesday night at 7 p.m. They wrap up the week with a double header Friday night at home with Cyprus. Game times on Friday night will be 5 and 7 p.m.
Next week will be the last week of league games before the state tournament starts.
Helper has added one more night of games on July 21. They will play a double header at home with Gene Taylor's out of Grand Junction, Colo. Game times will be at 6 and 8 p.m. in Helper.