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Baseball: St. Helens wins consolation at Glencoe

Lions win two in a row to claim the consolation championship at the Glencoe Spring Break Invitational


by: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Bryce Mulcahy throws out a pitch in e sixth inning against Astoria on March 26. Mulcahy finished with six RBIs on three hits, also striking otu four batters in the final two innings.After struggling mightily through their first handful of games, the Lions have begun to gain some traction, winning two in a row at the Glencoe Spring Break Invitational to claim the consolation championship with a 12-3 win over Astoria at Hillsboro Stadium.

St. Helens (2-4) dropped the initial game of the tournament, losing 4-2 at the hands of Aloha . The Lions then inched past David Douglas, winning their first game of the year 3-1 over the Scots.

In the consolation final, Bryce Mulcahy had the game of his life. With the Lions trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the first, he hot a sacrifice fly to drive Josh Keller home and get St. Helens on the board. In the second inning, he nailed an RBI single to drive Tyler Strangland home and give St. Helens their first lead. Another hit in the fourth gave the Lions a 4-3 edge as St. Helens grabbed ahold of the lead for good, but Mulcahy wasn't done. A line drive to right field in the fifth inning drove home Keller and Bryson Takemoto to give St. Helens an 8-3 lead, and his run later in the inning put the Lions up 10-3.

Then, Mulcahy changed hats, striking out four batters and allowing just one hit in the sixth and seventh innings, including three straight in the final frame.

To go along with Mulcahy's brilliant game, Bryce Winnier added three RBIs on two hits to suppliment the offense.

Ryne Poorman, who started the game on the mound for St. Helens, finished with seven strikeouts and just one walk, giving up three runs and only one hit. Poorman didn't make many mistakes, the few being a balk and hitting Astoria's Carter Wallace in the first inning, setting up a score after an error at third base.

The Lions will look to extend their winning streak at home against Hillsboro on April 1 in the team's home opener. Hillsboro, who was 3-2 at the press deadline, will be fresh off a trip to the Coach Bob National Invitational in Phoenix Ariz.

SUMMARY

St. Helens 12, Astoria 3

ASTO 200 100 0 – 3 2 2

STHE 120 342 0 – 12 12 2

St. Helens

Hits (12): Keller, Bryson Takemoto, Mulcahy 3, Winnier 2, Brody Takemoto 2,Weitzel 2, Henningsen

RBIs (12): Keller, Bryson Takemoto, Mulcahy 6, Winnier 3, Weitzel

Runs (12): Keller 4, Bryson Takemoto 2, Mulcahy 2, Henningsen, Strangland 2, Spencer

Astoria

Hits (2): Strange 2

RBIs (2): Leonardi 2

Runs (3): Willger, Strange 2