|Helper's Kyle Esquibel dives safely back to first.|
On July 12th, Cyprus rolled into town to play a game with Helpers entry in the American Legion this summer.
Considered one of the best teams in the league, Helper was eager to take them on, but in the end they ended up with a 16-8 loss.
With Kyler Edgehouse on the mound Cyprus started the first inning with a goose egg. Helper jumped on top with four quick runs. Aaron Sandoval played his lead off roll well, hitting a triple to get Helper rolling.
Helper led until Cyprus tied the game at seven in the fourth. In the fifth inning Brett Johnson came on in relief. He gave up a run in the fifth and the sixth to let Cyprus have a two run edge over Helper.
Joe Via then answered with a solo home run in the sixth to pull the team back within one run.
It looked like the Helper boys might have a chance in knocking off first place Cyprus, but that was not to be. In the seventh some walks, some errors and some hits all added to the teams collapse. Cyprus then nailed Helper with seven runs to seal the game for good.
The team then traveled to Salt Lake to play a pair of games. Judge was first up on the schedule. Helper again jumped out to an early lead in this game with two runs to lead off the first, and this time they took an 8-3 victory.
Pitching was the dominant theme early as neither team could add any scoring until the fourth.
Helper started by pushing five more runs across in the top of the inning. Walks to Sandoval, Ricky Lopez, and Via got the inning going. Trevor Thompson hit a two RBI single followed by a single by Marcus Zaccaria.
Jordan Moynier started the game pitching shutout ball into the fourth. Judge put three on the board in the fourth, but Brady Wilde came on in relief and shut down their offense for the rest of the game.
In the second game of the night Helper took on Kearns, with the west Salt Lake team taking the game 13-10.
It was a wild game with the lead changing hands several times throughout the game. Sandoval led off the scoring by reaching on an error and then crossing the plate off a single by Via.
Blake Mortensen was the starter for Helper and gave up a three run blast in the first. Helper took the lead in the third, scoring six. Kearns answered with four of their own to tie it up at seven. Edgehouse took over the pitching duties in the third. Kearns regained the lead in the fourth with one. Helper answered back with two of their own in the fifth. Kearns replied with another three. Helper put one more on the board to trail by one.
Despite splitting the pair, Coach Cisneros was happy with the way his team played.
"I thought these were the two best games we have played all year," he stated, "Even though we lost the second game, my kids showed a lot of character and fight."
The team will face off with Kearns again at home on Wednesday night at 8:00.
The losses this week put Helper three and a half games out of first place in the American Legion standings.
The team is currently tied for fifth with Murray in league play.