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Six baseball Lions receive Northwest Oregon Conference recognition

Mulcahy first-team all-conference pitcher and infielder, second-team all state

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Senior Bryce Mulcahy, a Class 5A all-state second-teamer,  is one of six Lions to receive all-Northwest Oregon Conference recognition.Bryce Mulcahy is one of six Lions to receive all-Northwest Oregon Conference baseball honors.

The senior led St. Helens with five doubles, a triple, four home runs, 19 RBIs, 19 runs scored and a .446 batting average, and is a first-team pitcher and infielder and a second-team all-state pick.

He also pitched to a 3-3 record, 29 hits, 14 runs — four earned — a .571 ERA, 12 walks and 76 strikeouts through 49 innings.

"Bryce is a kid who just eats, sleeps and dreams about baseball," Lions coach Jeff Timmons said. "He works very hard, and all of that hard work has paid off. I think he could do well at any sport, because he is so dang athletic — it’s like having an extra coach out on the field. Usually he and I are on the same page, and when a pitcher needs a visit but I don’t want to burn one up, he will call time and go talk to them. He is just a natural leader."

Senior Justin Henningsen is an all-conference second-team infielder, and senior Quintin Galvin is a second-team outfielder.

Senior Beau Mason received honorable mention at first base, as did senior infielder Keegan Kline in the infield, junior Levi Norton at pitcher and junior Garrett Sukau as a utility.

The Lions (10-15 overall, 7-9 Northwest Oregon) finished seventh in the conference as they scored 4.6 runs and allowed 4.8 per game, swept Parkrose and Sandy.

St. Helens missed the postseason after reaching the first round of state last year for the first time since 2009.