|A Helper American Legion pitcher goes hard to home plate during a game played last season.|
The Helper American Legion Team is having a strong year. With three more wins last week their league record is now 4-1. Playing most of the games on the road, the team is using a combination of good defense and power at the plate to keep themselves at the top of the standings. Only two teams have better records and those are Kearns and Murray with 5 wins apiece.
Monday the 18th they took on Hunter at home. Helper dominated the game and walked away with a 19-4win. The game was called after 5 innings because of the 9 run rule. Fernando Martinez pitched 3 great innings and got the win. He allowed only 1 hit and did not give up a run. Jordon Moynier came in and pitched the 4th and 5th innings allowing 4 runs in the 4th.
Helper hit the ball very well and was able to put the game out of reach with 11 runs in the first inning. The big hit in the inning was a grand slam home run by JJ Blue. He also had a single in his first at bat in the inning. In the 2nd, Moynier and Brady Wilde started the inning with singles and Blake Mortensen and Tyler Turcasso followed with walks. Five more runs came across that inning. Jd Sherman had the big hit in the inning with a 3 run double. The team tacked on two more in the 3rd and one more in the 4th. Here is the box score.
Team R H E
Hunter 4 6 5
Helper 19 13 0
WP-Martinez, LP Sneddon. 2b-Sherman(He), Wilde(He), Moynier(He), Mitcheson(He). 3b-Eaton(Hu). HR-Blue(He).
Thursday Helper traveled to Tooele and racked up an 8-3 win. Kyler Edgehouse pitched his second complete game of the season. Edgehouse had a another great outing and only allowed 5 hits, all singles.
Helper scored one run in the 1st as Aaron Sandoval reached on an error, stole second, moved to third on a sacrifice fly by JD Sherman . He scored on a sacrifice fly by JJ Blue. Two more runs scored in the 3rd inning as Edgehouse and Blue had back to back doubles and Wilde had a sacrifice fly. In the fourth JD Sherman had a two RBI double and he later scored on an error. Three runs came across in the inning. Blake Mortensen had a two RBI double in the seventh inning scoring the final two runs.
Team R H E
Tooele 3 5 4
Helper 8 8 2
WP-Edgehouse, LP-Reeves. 2b-Edgehouse(H), Blue(H), Mortensen(H), Sandoval(H).
On Friday the team traveled back to the Salt Lake Valley to take on Highland. Highland had beat Helper at home 15-13 on June 13th. Rvenge was sweet as Helper won the rematch 9-1.
Brett Johnson pitched a great game allowing only two hits, giving up his only run in the first inning. Wilde came on in relief to pitch the 6th and 7th inning, also allowing no runs.
The game got off to a very slow start as Helper left seven runners on base in the first four innings. They were was unable to get key hits when they needed them. They did manage to score one run the 2nd inning and a run in the 3rd inning to take a 2-1 lead.
That score held until the 6th inning . That is when Helper's bats broke the game open with four runs in the inning, 3 more were added in the 7th.
Sherman and Edgehouse both had big hits in the 6th inning. Sandoval had a RBI double in the 7th.
Team R H E
Hland 1 2 1
Helper 9 7 1
WP- Johnson, LP-Webb. 2b-Moynier(H), Sherman(H), Sandoval(H).
It was a very good week. Coach Cisneros felt like they got solid pitching from all of their pitchers and played pretty sound defense only committing 3 errors in 3 games. "Our hitting was just enough to put runs on the board and these wins put us in a good position after two weeks of league games." he summed up.
This week they travel back to SLC and take on Murray tonight at 8:00 pm. Murray is currently a 1/2 game ahead of Helper in the standings. The team is at home Wednesday night and Friday night. Both games start at 7:00 pm. Wednesday night Helper takes on a very good Cyprus team and Friday night it will be Timpview.