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Helper Al Up and Down Season Continues


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By TERRY WILLIS
Sun Advocate sports reporter

Helper's Blake Mortensen dives for a ball on the teams home field.

The up and down season for the Helper American Legion baseball team continues.

On June 28 the team went head to head with Granger on their home field and they took an 8-5 win.

Brady Wilde was the winning pitcher for Helper and Jordan Moynier came on to pitch two good innings in relief. The Helper bats were hot as they pounded out nine hits on the night. Joe Via went deep in the third and Blake Mortensen also contributed with a three run shot in the fifth.

In another game on July 5 Woods Cross came to town, and the northern Utah team walked away with a 14-5 win.

Both teams jumped on the pitching early and the score was 5-6 before the third inning was over. Joe Via tried to keep Helper in the game with back to back homeruns and 4RBI's. But lack of support from the other batters left too many runners stranded.

Starting pitcher AJ Mitcheson gave up four runs and left the game. Reliever Ron Herrera pitched a couple a good innings and then got shelled in the fourth inning. Brady Wilde couldn't shut Woods Cross down either as he gave up five more runs. Brett Johnson finally finished the game on the mound for the team.

The team headed to Salt Lake for two games. Murray was first up on July 7.

Ron Herrera pitched some good innings against Granger at home.

Helper had already beaten Murray earlier in the season, but could not get the job done this time around as they left Ken Price Field with a 4-2 loss.

Kyle Edgehouse pitched a great game and held the scoring to a minimum. It was an unearned run on a throwing error that cost Helper the game.

Joe Via sent a two run shot over the fence for his third straight game. Other than Via there was not much off the bats of Helper during the Murray game.

Getting a chance to redeem themselves later that day, Helper then took on Olympus in the second game of the night with a 7-5 win on Olympus' home field.

The offense came alive to let Helper take an early 4-1 lead. A two out dropped fly in the fourth left the door open for Olympus to take the lead with a grand slam. Helper settled down and went back to work and added runs in the fifth and sixth to regain the lead for good.

Aaron Sandoval led off the pitching staff with three good innings. He allowed only one run.

Adam Martinez pitched his first game of the season. He is still rehabbing his arm from a late season injury while playing for Carbon High. He pitched one good inning. Brett Johnson came on in relief to shut Olympus down for good.

Home runs ruled the night as Joe Via went deep for his fourth game in a row. Chris Hatch had a homer as well. Not to be out done in the homerun derby was Trevor Thompson who put a three run blast over the fence in the first inning.

On July 10 Tooele visited Helper despite the threat of rain. With both teams scoring in the first inning and failing to score in the second it looked like it could be a nail biter of a game.

The third inning saw Tooele tack on a run to take the lead. Helper came up to bat and capitalized on walks and single served up by the Tooele pitcher. They put nine runs on the board before the third inning was up.

Tooele could not muster much offense to answer Helper's scoring frenzy. Helper put up three more in the fourth to open up an insurmountable lead.

Helper defeated Tooele 15-6.

Blake Mortensen got the start and the win for Helper. Kyler Edgehouse was the closer. Trevor Thompson hit a two out double in the fourth that resulted in three RBI's.

Ricky Lopez and Thompson represented Helper in last week's American Legion All-star game. Their team took a 9-8 victory.

On July 8 a game against Judge was postponed due to a flooded ballfield. That game will be made up this Friday at 5:30 p.m. as part of a double header in Salt Lake.

Helper will take on Kearns at 8 p.m. that same night.


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