Helper continues solid play at Idaho tournament

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The Helper American Legion Team traveled to Burley Idaho for the Rupert Invitational Tournament where it won three of four games.

On Thursday it faced off against tournament host Minico Idaho, winning 11-1. Jarod Lessar pitched a complete game and only gave up two hits. Dakota Cisneros was 2-2 with two RBIs and Derek Young was 2-3 with two RBIs as well.

“I thought we played very well again we hit the ball the well especially with wood bats. Lessar pitched very well,” said coach Jeff Cisneros.

Team                     runs       hits         errors

Helper                  11           7              0

Minico                  1              2              2

WP-Jarod Lessar (H), LP-Young (M);   2b-Blackburn(H), Rondinelli(H)

On June 7, Helper faced off against Caldwell Idaho and came out on top 6-0. Cole Fossat pitched a complete game, two-hit shutout. Dylan Vogrinec had a two-RBI single. Fossat and Bryce Blackburn both had doubles.

Team                     runs       hits         errors

Helper                  6              7              0

Caldwell               0              2              0

 WP- Fossat (H), LP-Carson (C):  2b- Blackburn(H), Fossat(H).

In the second game of the day it was Pocatello who took on Helper. The 5-3 loss was the first defeat of the season for the Helper team.

“I knew this would be our toughest game of the tourney and we lost 5-3.  We played well but did not hit as we only managed an infield single by Tyler Procarione.  Derek Young pitched five good innings and only allowed three runs on four hits. Blackburn came in in relief and gave up two mores runs on hits.  Overall I thought we played a good game and Pocatello made some very nice defensive plays as they took at least two doubles away from us and a couple of other hits,” Cisneros explained.

Team                     runs       hits         errors

Helper                  3              1              1

Pocatello             5              6              1

 WP-Burtenshaw (P), LP- Blackburn(H); 

The final game for Helper was against Burley Idaho. Helper jumped right back to its winning ways with a 16-2 victory. Ridge Nielson pitched a complete game and gave up just two runs on four hits.  

Helper started out very slow in the final game, but ended up scoring 11 runs in the final three innings. Procarione had three singles and a pair of RBIs. Vogrinec had two singles and double. Jaren McCourt had a double and a triple and four RBIs. Lessar also had a double and Mike Peczuh went 3-4 with a pair of RBIs.  

Team                     runs       hits         errors

Helper                  16           17           1

Burley                   2              4              2

“This was good way to end our trip in Idaho. We played very well overall and outscored our opponents 37-8 in the four games. A lot guys saw a lot of time in various positions and hopefully we can continue playing the same caliber of ball that we played over the weekend. We ended up taking second behind Pocatello who did not lose a game.”

Helper takes on Granger Monday night at 7 p.m., as well as Cyprus on Wednesday at the same time.

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