The Helper Merchants ended a two-game losing skid with an 8-4 victory over Pleasant Grove Monday evening at Ernie Gardner Field in Helper.
Entering the week long holiday moratorium with a tie and back-to-back losses, the Merchants were locked into another tight game. Holding a two run lead in the bottom of the sixth, Rylan Hart blasted a two RBI single to put the game away for good.
“Overall we played good baseball, but not as good as we’ve played previously this season,” said manager Dakota Cisneros. “ Our goal for the week is four wins, so this was a positive step. There is still some things we need to work on to get back to player Helper Merchant baseball.”
Ty Anderson helped push the offense with a 3-4 outing at the plate that included two singles, one double and two runs scored. Hart ended 2-4 at the dish with two singles and two RBIs. Anthony Jones finished 1-3 with two RBIs.
Nathan Richens pitched a complete game, allowing four runs and seven hits in seven innings. The performance satisfied the coaching staff fresh off of a long break.
“Nathan is always consistent on the mound for us,” said Cisneros. I always know what I’m going to get from him. He’s not going to overpower teams, but he throws a lot of strikes and gets our defense involved.”
Monday’s win moves Helper to 8-2-1 in Central Division play, giving the Merchants a two game lead over second place Salem Hills. Lone Peak is currently third with a record of 7-5, followed by West Lake in fourth.
Helper will take Tuesday off and then travel for a double-header on Wednesday against Springville on the road. The next home game will take place on Thursday against Herriman.f