Helper rally falls short in championship
Helper rallies from multiple deficits, but PCH Baseball holds on for 9-8 win at Helper Tournament
The Helper American Legion Baseball team is no stranger to overcoming a deficit late in a game.
But unlike in previous games, last year and through the start of the 2014 season, Helper came up just short with a seventh inning rally coming up just one run short in a 9-8 loss to PCH Baseball in the championship game of the Helper Baseball Tournament.
"Our kids played extremely well but they came up just short in the end," said Helper Head Coach Jeff Cisneros. "We improved with each game and the hitting came against some good pitchers in the
Helper had to overcome multiple deficits including a 3-0 deficit early in the championship game.
But each time, Helper responded.
Helper responded with a four-run outburst in the bottom of the third inning after a bases loaded walk was followed by a Bryce Blackburn three-run double that hit off the top of the left center field wall.
Just a few inches higher and the game could have a completely different ending.
But that's baseball.
PCH Baseball answered with a six-run rally in the top of the fifth inning to retake the lead 9-4.
Helper chipped away scoring two runs in the bottom of the sixth.
In the bottom of the seventh, Helper began a rally with two outs. First baseman Jarod Lessar poked a single to right field to score two runs making it 9-8. But that was as close as Helper would get as a pop fly was caught to end the game.
Cisneros said he was pleased with the effort and heart from the team, noting they overcame a 5-0 deficit against Uintah earlier in the tournament.
"Our experience on the team with players from last year has been key with our players knowing that a game is not over until the final out," said Cisneros.
While Helper wanted to win their home tournament, Cisneros said the team can use the experience as motivation going forward.
"The team is not playing they way they want to right now," he said. "They've just got to keep working hard and focus on accomplishing goals including our goal of working to get back to the state tournament."