Helper AL secures first place in SL Valley play
With the season winding down Helper American Legion team continues to roll through opponents on the way to a perfect season. Three more league wins kept them on track beginning with a 6-2 victory over Tooele last Wednesday. Riverton was the next victim with Helper taking that game 10-6. Then finally, this past Monday night the team traveled to Highland and took them out with a 14-4 win. This makes Helper 13-0 in league play.
Last Wednesday's game with Tooele was at home. Gage Bigelow started on the mound and although he struggled with control at times he pitched a complete game. He only allowed four hits and struck out eight in the win.
Helper found themselves down 2-1 after the first inning. They were cold at the plate until the fourth inning when they put up four runs. Back to back singles by Seth Tryon and Colter Moore got them started. A couple of walks and doubles by Daulton Nelson and Dylan Vogrinec did the damage. Nelson had a pair of doubles on the night.
"Overall our bats were very sluggish and we played sluggish all night." said Coach Jeff Cisneros about the game, "We did find a way to get yet another league win and this put our record at 11-0."
Helper: 6, 6, 1
Tooele: 2, 4, 3
Wp-Bigelow, Lp-Gomez. 2b-Nelson(H). Hr-Burr(T).
On Friday night Helper hosted Riverton. Helper would once again start out very slow and was down 4-0 at the top of the first. Helper answered with four runs to tie the score 4-4 after one inning.
Josh Denison started on the mound and pitched a complete game to get the win. Cisneros felt the Denison pitched very well and he stayed ahead of almost every hitter the entire night. Helper's defense surrendered a few errors on the night which contributed to some of Riverton's runs.
Jaren McCourt and Daniel Peczuh each had homeruns. Peczuh, Bradon Bolotas and Kash Jewkes also had doubles on the night.
Cisneros summed up the Friday game.
"I think we struggled most of the night with intensity. Sometimes that is hard to find when you have beaten teams before and a team may not be playing that good. We did do enough, though, to get the win."
Helper: 10, 10, 4
Riverton: 6, 10, 3
Wp-Denison(H), Lp-Hartley. 2b-Jewkes(H), Peczuh(H), Bolotas(H), Hartley(R). HR-McCourt(H), Peczuh(H), Harris(R).
On Monday the team traveled to Salt Lake and played Highland. Vogrinec started on the mound and pitched four very solid innings. Helper got the win in six innings because of the mercy rule for another league win. Peczuh pitched two innings in relief and also did a nice job.
Helper finally got their bats rolling and scored in every inning but the first. Jewkes, Vogrinec and Clay Finkbiner all had doubles on the night. Keny Seals tripled and Vogrinec also added a homer for the offensive show.
Helper: 14, 10, 3
Highland: 4, 4, 3
Wp-Vogrinec, Lp-Koellicker. 2b-Jewkes(H), Vogrinec(H), Finkbiner(H), Bradshaw(Hi). 3b-Seals(H), HR-Vogrinec.
"Overall we played a better game than the previous couple and with the win we secured first place in the Salt Lake Valley League for the first time in my coaching tenure," said Cisneros. "Our record now stands and 13-0 and we have a chance to finish undefeated with only two more league games remaining."
"We have a bye on our final season date, so as of today, our overall league record is 14-0 and our overall season record stands at 20-3. We play at Murray Wednesday night (July 14) and we finish our regular season at home Thursday night with Cyprus. We encourage the local crowd to come out one more time Thursday night to see the team," he added. "
The annual American Legion all-star game with be in Magna on Saturday night and Helper will be represented by four players. Colter Moore, Daniel Peczuh, Beau Rich and Keny Seals have been chosen.
"They will no doubt represent our local team well," remarked Cisneros.
Game time on Thursday is 6 p.m.
The state tournament will start on July 24 in Kearns. Helper has secured a number one seeding going into the tournament.
Those game times will be announced later