Helper dominates in 10-1 win over rival Price in final meeting
Behind strong pitching, Helper offense scores early and often to sweep season series with rival
With Helper firmly in control of their game with Price, they looked ready to add a few more runs to the score.
But for whatever reason, the sprinklers along the baseball diamond came on for a few seconds, spraying the field with a little water.
It was a momentary distraction that provided plenty of smiles and chuckles.
But one thing it didn't do was cool down a Helper team that used a strong performance on the mound by Dillon Wilstead on their way to a 10-1 win over Price on Monday evening at the Helper Baseball Field.
"We swung the bats well on offense and took control early," said Helper Head Coach Jeff Cisneros.
That hasn't been the case lately for Helper, as the hits haven't been coming with runners on base in key game situations.
It's been one of the biggest reasons Helper has three league losses. In each loss in league play, Helper was defeated by one run.
But against rival Price, Helper put that aside in a hurry. Helper quickly jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning with RBIs coming from Cole Fossat, Marco Mota and Wilstead.
They added two more in the bottom of the second on a home run by Cole Fossat that Price players and fans believed went foul and a double by Bryce Blackburn and an RBI single from Jarod Lessar.
Helper added two more runs in the fourth inning and another run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Lessar.
Fossat finished the night going 4-for-4 with two singles, a triple and a home run.
Backed up by the offense, Wilstead followed suit on the mound pitching a complete game allowing one run on four hits. It was his first time on the mound for Helper since June 28.
"Dillon pitched really well and limited their offense all night long," said Cisneros.
Helper also benefited from playing an error free game on defense. According to Cisneros, the team had a number of errors that helped lead to another one-run loss to Cyprus last week.
"Errors have hurt us recently," he said. "We've got to focus more on doing all of the little things out on the field, especially on defense."
With the win, Helper is 7-3 in league play with a place in the state playoffs to defend their championship within reach with just two weeks left in the season.
Cisneros said Murray forfeited a game this week against Helper. Helper will next play a doubleheader at home against Corner Canyon on July 14.
"We've got an opportunity to go to state and defend our championship," said Cisneros. "The players need to focus on every at bat, every play on the field and just know what's going on at all times."