Long road ahead as Helper looks to defend state title
Offense struggles in doubleheader sweep over Uintah to close out regular season
With the regular season finally coming to a close, the Helper American Legion Baseball team looked to take all of the positives out of a doubleheader against Uintah on Tuesday night in Helper.
Uintah put up a tough fight, giving Helper everything they had and more but the home team was able to come away with a sweep in the doubleheader, a 3-2 win in game one and a 10-5 victory in game two.
While the wins were something Helper will gladly take to end the season, the games left a lot to be questioned about as Helper shifts their focus to defending their state title beginning this Saturday in Logan.
"Our offense has really got to get going if we are going to make a deep run into the state tournament," said Helper Head Coach Jeff Cisneros.
Helper won game one despite stranding 10 base runners in the game and scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the fifth on a passed ball.
"In the end we did just enough to escape with a 3-2 win," said Cisneros.
In game two, Helper fell behind 5-0 heading into the fifth inning. Cisneros implored his team to improve their approach at the plate. It may have worked, as Helper sent 15 batters to the plate to score nine runs in the inning and taking a 9-5 lead. They added another run in the sixth to help get the 10-5 win.
Helper will be tested in the state tournament as the schedule does the winners and losers no favor. If Helper wins their opening game against Bear River on Saturday morning, they would quickly turn things around to play top seeded Box Elder. If Helper loses their opening game or the game against Box Elder, they would move to the one-loss bracket which would need a team to win their next seven games to win the state championship.
It's not the best bracket setup, Cisneros said, but Helper would take on the challenge of defending their title.
"We will do our best...and you never know, if the ball bounces just the right way we could make another trip to the West Regionals," he said.