Helper American Legion off to good start on season
After opening their season with a league win, the Helper Legion was back at it last Wednesday with a 12-1 victory over league rival Riverton to go 2-0 in the standings. The team immediately headed north to Rupert, Id., and went 3-2 in tournament action. They opened with a 18-1 win over Brigham City. They then lost 3-1 to the Brigham City Pioneers followed by a 19-9 defeat to Caldwell. They regrouped with a 9-2 win over Pocatello on Friday. Then they wrapped it up with a 10-7 victory over Caldwell in a rematch.
Helper took on Riverton on Wednesday. This was their second league game and they beat them 12-1. Josh Denison pitched a complete game. Coach Jeff Cisneros was able to get everyone in the game and contributing to the win. Hayden Basinger had a pair of doubles, Keny Seals, Kash Jewkes, Gage Bell and Denison all had a couple of singles. Beau Rich had a single and a triple. The game was shortened because of the 10 run rule after five innings.
"I was pleased with our effort and it was a good win for us to have before we headed to Idaho." remarked Cisneros.
Wp-Denison, Lp-Knight. 2b-Basinger(H), Weber(R), Newman(R), 3b-Rich(H).
Helper then traveled to Rupert, Id., Thursday, to face Brigham City and take a 18-1 win. This game was also ended due to the 10-run rule. Basinger pitched a complete game. He did not give up a run until the final inning.
Helper's offense hit the ball extremely well and scored in every inning. Basinger was 3-3 with three singles. Bradon Bolotas has a single and a homer., Colter Moore had a single and a double, Clint Finkbiner also had a single and a double.
Cisneros was happy about the start of the weekend, "This was a good opening game for us and this is a legion team from the North league so we could possibly see them again in the state tournament."
Helper: 18, 14, 2
Brigham City: 1, 2, 4
WP-Basinger, LP-Lange. 2b-Moore(H),Finkbiner(H). HR-Bolotas(H), Brimberry(B).
Brigham City Pioneers
Their second game was at midnight Thursday night. The Brigham City Pioneers are graduated seniors from Box Elder, Bear River and Mountain Crest. Moore took the mound and took a no hitter into the 6th inning.
Helper scored a run in the 5th for a 1-0 lead, but they struggled at the plate as the Pioneer pitcher did a very nice job of keeping Helper off guard.
In the 6th inning the Pioneer's first runner reached on a error. Their second batter took a ball over the center field fence to give them a 2-1 lead. The Pioneers managed one more run on one hit and two errors that inning. Helper could not score in the 7th and the game ended 3-1.
"This was a game that had its ups and downs. The upside was Moore pitch a great game. The downside was our lack of hitting and errors. Overall, I was pleased even though we lost and I look forward to seeing this team again in the State Tourney as well." added Cisneros about the loss.
Helper: 1, 3, 5
Pioneers: 3, 2, 1
WP-Munns, LP-Moore. 2b Rich(H). Hr- Stokes(B).
Friday, Helper took on Caldwell Idaho. Rich opened on the mound and did a good job, but his team did not hit and or play solid defense. They made numerous errors and by the 4th inning they were down by a score of 11-3.
The offense did wake up in the 5th inning when they scored six runs to pull to 11-9. But Helper could not hold on defense and Caldwell came back to score eight runs for the win.
Finkbiner and Bell combined to pitch the final two innings but Helper made some costly errors that allowed Caldwell to build momentum and win the game.
Seth Tryon swung a great bat and had three hits. Bell and Rich each had a pair and Seals blasted a three-run shot over the fence. In the end too many errors, both physical and mental, ended up costing us this game.
Helper: 9, 11, 7
Caldwell: 19, 15, 1
WP-Burrill, LP Rich. 2b-Tryon(H),Bell(H),Hugites(C),Hainez(C)Humberger(C). Hr- Seals(H).
Needing to bounce back and play well, Helper did just that Helper took on Pocatello and got the 9-2 win Bolotas took the mound and pitched a great game backed up by by great defense and timely hitting.
Seals sent another ball over the wall put Helper on top 3-0 after the first inning They scored two more in the second, one in the forth, two in the fifth and one in the sixth.
On the defensive side Bolatas really kept the Pocatello bats silent and ended with a two hitter while striking out 12 Pocatello batters.
"This was a great game for us as we bounced back and showed our true character and got a win against a good team." said Cisneros.
Helper: 9, 3, 1
Pocatello: 2, 1, 1
WP-Bolotas, LP-Stevenson. Hr-Seals.
On Saturday Helper got a chance to play Caldwell again. Helper took that game 10-7. Daniel Peczuh got the win on the mound. Peczuh is usually the starting catcher, but he pitched really well. The team played good defense to help their cause. Tryon took the mound for an inning. Moore closed the game out in the seventh.
Cisneros summed things up, "This game was really in hand for most of the ball game. Caldwell did score four late runs but it was too little too late. We ended up winning 3 out of 5 games in Idaho and I think we gained some valuable experience for the upcoming season. Overall I was pleased with our performance minus one game. Taking third out of ten teams was nice but the time that some of the younger players got while we there will play big dividends for us as the season continues."
Helper played a home game on Tuesday against Murray and results will be published later.
They are on the road Wednesday at Hunter and Friday at East. Then they play Taylorsville on Monday June 21 and Granger on Wed. Jun 23. Both games are 7 p.m. starts.
The Helper tournament begins on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. with the Price Legion team taking on Kearns at 8 p.m. Tournament games will start at 9 a.m. on Friday and Sat and the last game of the night will be at 8 p.m. each day. Sunday's games will start at 9 a.m. with the championship