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Helper American Legion team finishes 4th at state

Helper defeated West 6-4 in a game earlier this season but were unable to produce the same result as they fell to West in state tournament play 13-3.

Sun Advocate reporter

After a grueling schedule, injuries and a long season, the Helper American Legion team concluded their season after competing in the Utah State Tournament.

Over the past week the Helper American Legion team participated in the Utah American Legion State Tournament in Kearns.

After posting wins against Tooele and Cyprus and one loss against Kearns over the past week, Helper went up against West on Thursday night and lost 13-3. The game was much closer than the final scored indicated as Helper was down 3-2 in the fifth inning, according to coach Jeff Cisneros.

Jaren McCourt was on the hill for Helper and for five innings he limited the West team to three runs.

"McCourt did a very good job in containing the powerful West lineup," Cisneros said.

After McCourt was taken out of the game, pitchers Derek Young and Hunter Harrington came in to finish out the game as West started to get hot at the plate.

Cisneros said the team could not get on track offensively during the game as they were outhit by West, 14-6.

West pitcher Tory Uliberri, who pitched for USU Eastern last year, helped shut down the Helper offense to a minimum as he kept the hitters off balance.

"We beat Tory earlier in the year when we beat West, 6-4, during league play," Cisneros said. "On this day the West squad was the better team."

The Helper team concluded their season with a fourth place finish in the state tournament.

"I was very proud of our team and how they competed for the week and for the whole season," Cisneros explained.

"We had a very young squad this year with only four seniors."

With the majority of the team being young, Cisneros said the experience in the tournament and during the season will help the team for next year.

"A lot of the young guys have seen valuable time this summer and it should pay off when next season rolls around," he said.

The team did experience some problems before reaching the state tournament. Injuries late in the season helped leave the team short-handed during the tournament, Cisneros said.

Despite facing injuries, the team competed well at the state tournament and were in every game they played, including the two losses they suffered to West and Kearns.

Helper finished the season with a record of 24-9.

"I would also like to thank Helper City for their help this season," Cisneros concluded. "The fan support for our games at home and at the State Tournament was second to none and I want everyone to know how much that means to us and how proud we are to have such great fan support no matter where we go."

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