Helper baseball looking to make a statement at State Tournament
Fresh off a hot finish to their 2012 season, the Helper American Legion baseball team is now shifting their focus onto the next goal: the State Tournament.
After finishing 2-1 over their final league games of the season this week, Helper is going through their final practices looking to carry a confidence into tournament play.
Helper defeated East on Wednesday 11-0 behind a strong pitching performance from Derek Young and a quick strike offense that quickly put the game away in a five-inning victory at home.
Helper followed that game by traveling to play West on Friday evening. In a tight game down the stretch, Helper's Jaren McCourt had a key double scoring two runs in the seventh inning to break a 2-2 tie in the seventh inning, according to Helper Head Coach Jeff Cisneros. The pitching combination of Dakota Cisneros and Jake Nichols held the West offense in check with seven strong innings.
There was not much time to rest for Helper as they continued with a makeup game against Granger on Saturday. Cisneros said the team struggled at the plate gathering only four hits in a 5-1 loss.
Helper finished the season 17-8 overall and 11-4 in league play. The team finished tied for second place with Cyprus, but will be seeded third in the tournament due to Cyprus holding the tiebreaker over Helper.
Cisneros said the team will be ready for whatever comes at the State Tournament.
"We're dealing with a few injuries right now, but once we get going full speed we should be ok," he said.
The dates, times and teams Helper will be matched up against will be printed as soon as they are made available.