Helper won the Salt Lake Valley Division in Utah American Legion Baseball this year and won the annual American Legion tournament in Logan on Friday.
Stansbury was the only team to defeat Helper in the tournament with a great pitching and hitting performance by Chance Shields.
After Helper lost to Stansbury 4-2 on Tuesday, it came back to win five games in a row. It is somewhat of a misnomer that Helper from eastern Utah plays in the Salt Lake Division. But it’s been that way for several years.
Helper went through some battles en route to the victory. After the loss to the Stallions, Helper defeated the champs from Northern Utah Mt. Crest 2-1. It then defeated Layton 5-2.
Meanwhile, Stansbury stayed in the chase for a second-straight legion title when it defeated Herriman 4-3 in its first game on Thursday. Helper exacted a bit of revenge against Stansbury in the Thursday nightcap by defeating the Stallions 11-9. With that loss Stansbury’s tourney was over with a third-place finish.
Helper still had a lot of work to do on Friday.
The team from Carbon County defeated Cyprus in extra innings in the first game Friday, and then beat the Pirates 8-3 in the second game to win the title.
Stansbury and Grantsville concluded solid seasons in baseball with their appearances in the legion tournament, and high school baseball in Tooele County continues to climb. Both teams should be terrific in Region 11 baseball next season.
With youth baseball in the books for 2013, the prep football games are just 17 days away. And other fall sports start sooner.
For the next two seasons, Region 11 3A will include Bear River, Ben Lomond, Grantsville, Stansbury and Tooele.
The classification for football this fall has been tweaked a bit. Tooele and Stansbury will compete in the larger 3AA classification with 14 schools, while Grantsville will compete in 3A football with a total of 12 schools in the classification.
Tooele and Stansbury are in the North Region of 3AA with Bear River, Ben Lomond, Juan Diego, Park City and Uintah.
Grantsville is in the North Region of 3A with Carbon, Emery, Judge Memorial, Morgan and Union.
With several key returning players, Grantsville should be a top dog in 3A. Morgan, Delta and upstart Manti should be challenges along with Judge Memorial.
The South Region of 3A football includes Canyon View, Delta, Juab, Manti, North Sanpete and Richfield.
The Cowboys start the season with a home game on Friday, Aug. 23 against Cedar, and then play at Tooele on Aug. 30.
Stansbury has scheduled extremely difficult non-region games this season. The Stallions travel to Desert Hills for the opener on Friday, Aug. 23 and then host Hurricane on Friday, Aug. 30. A third non-region game is at Springville on Sept. 6, and the Stallions wrap up the season on Oct. 25 when it hosts Mountain View. That’s two powerhouse 3AA teams on the non-region scheduled along with two 4A teams.
Tooele will look to improve upon its one-win season from last year. The Buffaloes open at Cyprus on Friday, Aug. 23 and then host Grantsville on Aug. 30.
Teams in the 3AA South Region includes Cedar, Desert Hills, Dixie, Hurricane, Payson, Pine View and Snow Canyon.