Helper American Legion defeats Price 12-1
With thunder booming and lightning striking in the distance, the Helper American Legion baseball team wasted no time in making a statement on the diamond against rival Price.
Helper scored four runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back as they ran away with a 12-1 win over Price on Tuesday afternoon (July 2) at the USU Eastern Baseball Field.
Helper's Brandon Oliver kept the Price offense in check on the mound and the Helper bats backed him up as they added more runs over the next few innings to extend the lead.
The game was delayed for over 20 minutes by the umpiring crew after the rain began falling harder and lightning strikes were getting closer to the field.
After the delay was over, Price was able to score one run but left the bases loaded with a chance to extend the game before the mercy rule went into effect.
Helper completed the two-game sweep over Price in the battle between the two local American Legion baseball teams. In the last meeting between the two teams last month, Helper and Price played three scoreless innings before Helper finally broke through in the bottom of the fourth inning on their way to a 9-0 win in the Helper Tournament. Helper completed a perfect 5-0 run to the championship while Price went 0-5 over the four days.
Despite the loss, Price head coach Willie Ellington was upbeat with his players, even smiling and laughing during a pitching chance late in the game. He said he was pleased with the effort and wants his players to focus on continuing to play together as a team.
Helper now faces Olympus in Salt Lake on July 10 and then back home to play West Jordan on July 15.
Price will play two home games this week, facing Herriman on July 10 and Murray on July 12.