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The Helix Highlanders fell from the top-ranked spot in the recent Union-Tribune Baseball Top 10 Poll but that didn’t deter them as they found their groove against Saints on Monday afternoon.

Helix got on the board first when Carlos Oquita (2-3, R, 3 RBI, HR) drove in Jordon Thompson (1-3, 2R, RBI) to make it 1-0.

Leading by a run in the top of the third the Highlanders started off with a bang as Alonzo Richardson (2-5, 2R, 2B) and Eric Smelko (2-4, 2R, 2 RBI, 2B) hit back-to-back singles, Richardson would come into score on an error and Smelko scored on a single by Thompson to give Helix a 3-0 lead. They would go onto add three more runs in the inning to push their lead to 6-0.

Smelko would drive in Richardson on a double in the top of the fourth inning and Oquita jacked a 2-run bomb scoring Smelko to extend the lead 9-0.

Saints would finally get on the board after trailing 10-0 on a double which made it 10-1.

Devin Baker for Helix would also contribute as he went 2-4 with a run and also an RBI, Noah Lane went 2-3 with a run, and Adam Martinez went 1-4 with a run and an RBI.

Thomas Caneday got the victory as he went 6 innings in which he gave up 1 hit and no runs while walking 2 and striking out 1.



The Eagles made their comeback with a couple of runs late with the game tied on a base hit by Cayden Clinger (1-1, RBI).

Scripps Ranch struck first in the bottom of the first inning with 2 outs on a double by Michael McGibney to make it 1-0.

Granite Hills would knot the score at 1-1 in the top of the third inning when Andrew Garcia (RUN) scored on a double by TK Parker (1-3, RBI).

With the score still tied at 1-1 in the top of the fifth inning, the Eagles knew they had to get something going. Things would start off in their favor with a lead walk by Dillon Goins (RUN), he would later score on a Falcons miscue which gave the Eagles a 2-1 lead. They added more as Clinger singled to center field allowing Austin Smith to score which extended the lead 3-1.

Noa Ponciano who was on the mound for the Eagles finished off the job as he shut down the Falcons the rest of the ballgame.

On the day in which he earned the victory, he went all 7 innings in which he gave up 1 run on 5 hits while walking 2 and fanning 5 on the day.



The Titans showed why they are one of the best teams in the County as they rallied with three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to down the Santana Sultans.

The Sultans would put a scare into the Titans as they would take a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning thanks to multiple base hits. With one out Sean Iverson singled, he would come into score on a single by Aidan Donovan to make it 1-0, Tyler Fitzgerald followed with a base hit to score Donovan.

Santana would later tack on a third run in the top of the fifth inning when Davin Burroughs knocked in Elijah Reber to make it 3-0.

Eastlake despite trailing knew they were capable of a comeback and they would start it in the bottom of the fifth inning as they pushed across a run to cut the deficit 3-1.

They would complete their comeback in the seventh inning after the Sultans would get the lead out. Back-to-back base hits including a double and a run scoring sacrifice fly to make it 3-2 with 2 outs. Santana thought they were in business as they only needed to get the final out. Unfortunately the wheels fell off after a walk which was followed by a double to score the game winning run.

For the Sultans Riley Hamilton took the loss in which he tossed 6 2/3 innings giving up 4 runs on 6 hits while walking 2 and striking out 1 on the day.

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