New Mexico hands Helper 10-5 loss at Western Regionals
Powered by a quick four-run first inning, the New Mexico State Champions defeated Helper 10-5 in the opening game of the Western Regional Tournament in Surprise, Arizona on Thursday afternoon.
Albuquerque, the state champions from New Mexico, scored four first inning runs off of Helper pitcher Cole Fossat to take an early lead. Helper's offense was unable to convert on a handful of opportunities to get back into the game as New Mexico pounded out 18 hits in the nine-inning game.
New Mexico led 7-1 after four innings and grabbed their biggest lead of the game at 9-2 in the seventh inning.
Fossat threw four innings allowing seven runs on 11 hits while walking two and striking out two batters. Kyler Nelson came in relief and threw four innings allowing three runs, two earned, on seven hits with three walks and one strikeout.
The Helper offense finally got on the board in the top of the fourth when Mark DeBry hit an RBI single to score Jarod Lessar cutting the deficit to 4-1. Bryce Blackburn added an RBI double in the fifth inning. Mitch Olson hit a two-run double and Fossat added a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning.
With the loss, Helper will move to the one-loss bracket with an elimination game against the loser of Texas/Arizona on Friday evening. If Helper defeats their opponent in that game, they would stay alive to play another game on Saturday. If Helper loses, they would be eliminated from the tournament.