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Struggles in St. George lead to winless road trip for Helper

Dillon Wilstead throws a pitch for Helper in a close game against Cyprus on Thursday evening. Cyprus won 2-1 in extra innings.
Helper second baseman Bryce Blackburn reaches for a throw as a runner slides in safely during a tournament game in St. George.

Sun Advocate sports reporter

Errors, walks, little offense play large role as Helper goes 0-4 at St. George tournament

It was a road trip to forget for the Helper American Legion Baseball team.

With struggles in nearly all areas of the game, Helper dropped all four games at a tournament in St. George on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

"(It's) a weekend I will be excited to put behind us," said Helper Head Coach Jeff Cisneros in an email detailing the team's play.

Helper opened the tournament against Cyprus dropping a difficult 2-1 loss in extra innings. Helper got strong pitching from Dillon Wilstead and Cole Fossat, who combined to strikeout 15 batters. But the Helper offense struggled to get any rally going as Cyprus gathered a bit of revenge after falling to Helper in the Utah State Championship last August.

Helper struggled in their next game, a 12-3 loss to Cedar which Cisneros said the team "came out flat", allowing Cedar to score 11 of their 13 runs with two outs.

In their third game, Helper led 5-1 against St. George into the fifth inning. St. George rallied taking advantage of walks from Helper pitching as they turned the tables taking an 8-6 lead to get the win.

In their final game, Cisneros said he put many of the younger players into the game against Canyon View. Unfortunately for Helper, four errors in the fourth inning led to 10 runs for Canyon View that became too much to overcome in a 13-8 loss.

"Overall it was a disappointing weekend for our team," said Cisneros. "(It's) not a typical performance by our team."

Helper and the other teams had to battle high temperatures during the games which reached as high as 105 degrees.

Helper will look to rebound in a home doubleheader against Herriman on Monday evening before traveling on Wednesday for a rematch with Cyprus.

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