Baseball: Lions continue solid pitching with dispatch of Milwaukie
Jake Shirley, Bryce Mulcahy combine in 3-0 shutout
Nine games into the 2015 season, the picture is beginning to get a little clearer: St. Helens may just have the best pitching and defensive combination in all of Class 5A baseball.
St. Helens (7-2, 2-1 NWOC) shut out Milwaukie on Friday afternoon, beating the Mustangs 3-0 for their fourth shutout of the season and second in the last three games. The Lions have allowed just 13 runs, seven better than No. 7 Central, and on Friday, St. Helens didn't use either of their top-two pitchers.
Jake Shirley got the start, pitching a one-hit shutout through six innings with three strikeouts and four walks before Bryce Mulcahy stepped in for the save in the seventh inning.
St. Helens got six hits off the Mustang's pair of pitchers, many of which ended up in the dirt just in front of the plate as the Lions small-balled their way past Milwaukie.
The go-ahead run came in the top of the third after Quintin Galvin's grounder was mishandled by the Mustang's second baseman. Galvin stole second before Mulcahy's groundout pushed him to third, setting up Galvin to score on a wild pitch and give St. Helens a 1-0 lead.
St. Helens loaded the bases to start the top of the fourth, and looked close to blowing things open. Then Brody Takemoto was advanced to score on a balk from Milwaukie's Brad McVay, but McVay responded by stranding two St. Helens runners to close out the inning without further damage.
The Lions put two more men on base in the second, with Bryce Winnier on first due to an error and Mulcahy reaching third as Winnier's hard grounder was muffed at first base.
A sacrifice fly ball from Brody Takemoto pushed Mulcahy home for the Lions' final run of the day.
St. Helens will host Parkrose (2-8, 0-2 NWOC) on Wednesday, April 15 at 5 p.m. in their next contest.
St. Helens 3, Milwaukie 0
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MILW 000 000 0 0 2 3
Runs-hits-RBIs: Galvin 1-1-0, Mulcahy 1-1-0, Brody Takemoto 1-1-1, Henningsen 0-2-0, Bryson Takemoto 0-1-0
Hits-strikeouts: W-Shirley 1-3 (6), Mulcahy 1-0; L-McVay 5-4 (5), Wegner 1-1JW_DISQUS_ADD_A_COMMENT