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In Helper’s most recent doubleheader on Wednesday evening, it complied 24 runs over the two games at Vernal.
Nathan Richens broke game one wide open with a grand slam in the second inning. Anthony Jones went 2-3 with a double and a homer and Cody Lowe also added a solo home run in the contest. Ty Anderson reached base all four times he came to the plate, going 2-2. Kade Dimick lasted six innings, struck out six batters and only allowed two runs on five hits for the win. Tyler Wright picked up the save in the seventh to complete the 11-2 victory.
Head coach Dakota Cisneros was excited with his team’s effort after the first game. “This was a great game for us on Vernal’s new turf field. My guys came out and hit the ball really well.”
When talking about the performance from starting pitcher Dimick, Cisneros said, “Kade picked great, keeping hitters off balance and throwing a lot of strikes. He only gave up two walks and did a nice job of keeping our defense involved and we played really well behind him.” Cisneros then gave some insight on the closer. “Tyler also pitched well. It was his first time on the mound for us this summer. He came in and got the got the outs we needed to close out the game.”
Lowe followed up his homer in game one with two more home runs in the second match. “The baseball must have looked like beach ball to Cody because he smashed two no-doubters,” said Cisneros. Jones continued to hit with his hot bat, going 3-3 with three RBIs and two stolen bases.
Jaxson Carlisle salvaged the game in the fourth and struck out ten batters through four innings. “Jaxson picked up the slack and helped lead us to our second win on the day,” Cisneros said. Helper went on to win 13-7.
“Those were two solid wins for us. We struggled for a couple of innings in game two, but finally found a groove and didn’t look back. I was very pleased with the way we played and competed all around.” Cisneros concluded, “We displayed some power as a team, hitting five home runs. We had 22 hits and 24 runs in two games.”
Helper is back at home Saturday against Westlake at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. A memorial tribute to long time fan, Frank Marquez, will take place before the first game.