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Softball: Mulcahy dominates Milwaukie, Lions win 11-0

Junior Mariah Mulcahy had 12 strikeouts and a three-run homer to beat Milwaukie 11-0 in a one-hit effort


by: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Junior Mariah Mulcahy's effort on both offense and defense were key to the Lions' 11-0 victory over Milwaukie on Friday.Opposing teams have always afforded a deep respect to the throwing arm of St. Helens pitcher Mariah Mulcahy, and for good reason. Now, they'll have to respect her bat.

The Lions flattened Milwaukie (2-13, 1-4 NWOC) on Friday afternoon, and though Mulcahy struck out 12 batters for her fourth shutout of the season, the all that was over shadowed by her trip to the plate in the top of the third.

St. Helens (9-6, 4-1 NWOC) led 1-0 headed into the period and quickly blew things wide, wide open. Michelle Sass batted speedy shortstop Ashley Geisbers home, and the Lions were off to the races. Two more runners got on base, setting up a big double for senior Hailee Fischer to score Taylor Leal and Sass. Sophomore Kayla Finch batted home Alyssa Geisbers, and Fischer jumped on a mistake at the plate to steal home and put the Lions up by six.

Then it was Mulcahy's turn, and with Kali Moore and Finch waiting on first and third, she hit a bomb high over the center field fence, emptying the dugout and bringing a little warmth to the chilled, sodden afternoon.

Karli Edwards scampered home on another single from Sass, and though Milwaukie finally got an out to close the inning, they looked more than a little shocked: just a few minutes ago, they were locked in a tight 1-0 game. Now, they faced a double digit deficit.

And with Mulcahy in the circle, there was little to no chance of a rally. The junior ace struck out eight consecutive batters in the third, fourth and fifth innings, the only exception being a single to left field from Milwaukie's Lydia Dachel-Lloyd on the first at-bat of the third frame.

That proved to the Mustang's only hit of the game, silencing the no-no, but leaving Mulcahy with a brilliant stat line: one hit, no walks and 12 strikeouts in five innings. Mulcahy threw 64 pitches in the game, 45 of which were strikes.

Up next for the Lions, things are about to ratchet up a notch or two with a home game against No. 8 Rex Putnam on Tuesday at 5 p.m. The Kingsmen are among the best offensive teams in the state, scoring 136 runs in 16 games, and are tied with Sandy and St. Helens for the best league record in the Northwest Oregon Conference at 4-1. The last time St. Helens faced a highly-ranked, high-scoring team, they beat No. 2 Liberty 1-0 on the road.

SUMMARY

St. Helens 11, Milwaukie 0

Hood View Park, Happy Valley

STHE 109 10 – 11 11 0

MILW 000 00 – 0 1 2

St. Helens

Hits (11): Ashley Geisbers, Edwards, Sass 2, Leal 2, Alyssa Geisbers, Fischer, Moore, Mulcahy 2

RBIs (10): Sass 3, Fischer 3, Finch, Mulcahy 3

Runs (11): Ashley Geisbers 2, Edwards, Sass, Leal, Alyssa Geisbers, Fischer, Finch, Moore, Mulcahy