Helper ready for new challenges at Western Regional Tournament
Familiarity from trip to regionals last year should help Helper in quest to continue season
After celebrating their second straight Utah American Legion State Baseball Championship, the Helper team knows there is a lot of work ahead as they head to the Western Regional Tournament in Arizona.
The Helper team from last year used a power lineup complemented by a consistent pitching staff and defense that carried them to the Utah State Title.
This year's team is a little different. They rely on strong pitching, solid defense and an opportunistic offense that strings together everything from walks to singles to home runs.
Helper Head Coach Jeff Cisneros told his team after winning the state title game that they aren't going to Arizona just to go.
"If we're going down there, we're going down there to win," he said during a team huddle on the field.
Helper will open play against the New Mexico state champions on Thursday morning at 9 a.m. If they win that game, they would advance to play the winner of the Texas/Host Team on Friday, August 8 at 5 p.m. If Helper loses their first game, they would move to the one-loss bracket to play the loser of the aforementioned game on Friday at 8 a.m.
Cisneros said the team must swing the bats well on offense, which has been a problem at times this season, if they want to win games.
"When we're patient and look for our pitch, we can be good on offense," he said. "We've got to swing the bats better in Arizona if we want to be successful."