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Glencoe walks through St. Helens for third in Spring Break Baseball Tournament

Class 6A Crimson Tide scores three times in sixth, wins 3-1

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Lions senior Bryce Mulcahy (front) pitched five hitless innings for a walk and seven strikeouts in St. Helens' 3-1 loss to Class 6A Glencoe in the Glencoe Spring Break Tournament third-place game on Wednesday at Ron Tonkin Field in Hillsboro. He also went 1-for-3 at the plate with a fourth-inning RBI double.A sixth-inning lead got away from the Lions on Wednesday for the second time in as many afternoons.

Class 6A Glencoe scored three times in the frame to take the Glencoe Spring Break Tournament third-place game 3-1 at Ron Tonkin Field in Hillsboro.

“We gave everyone some time on the hill, and [senior Bryce Mulcahy] threw well,” St. Helens coach Jeff Timmons said. “It’s been 1-1 or 1-0 in nearly every game.”

Mulcahy’s two-out double to left scored Haidon Allen for a 1-0 Lions lead in the fourth. Christian Ross relieved him on the hill in the sixth, but Tide senior Jacob Vice’s one-out grounder to second base scored senior Lance Sommer for the tie.

Freshman Bryce Fornshell’s two-out, bases-loaded walk brought in sophomore Sam Kirk to give Glencoe (2-4 overall) a 2-1 edge.

Keegan Kline relieved Ross for St. Helens (1-4), but Tide junior Justin Groves walked in sophomore Cole Hoskins before St. Helens collected another out.

Levi Norton’s one-out walk loaded the Lions bases in the top of the seventh and forced Glencoe junior Tristan Mallory on in relief of Hoskins, but a popout to right and a groundout to second base were the clinchers.

“We hit okay and came alive at the end,” Timmons said. “I thought we were pretty confident — our defense is as strong as anyone’s, but we’ve got to score more runs.”

Mulcahy pitched five hitless innings for a walk and struck out seven. He also finished 1-for-3 at the plate.

Hoskins went six innings for four hits, an earned run, a walk and four strikeouts.

It was a pitcher’s duel through 5 1/2 innings against Class 6A Reynolds (Troutdale) in the semifinals on Tuesday, but the Raiders scored four times in the sixth and won 5-1.

Reynolds junior Ethan Hopper broke the silence in the home half of the fourth as his two-out single up the middle scored junior Garrett Fernandes.

Kline relieved Norton in the fifth before the Raiders put junior Steven Verdieck and senior Chase Strickland on first and second, but St. Helens pulled a double play from second to first to retire the side.

Norton’s two-out single to shallow right scored Quintin Galvin for a 1-1 tie in the top of the sixth, but Reynolds caught Norton in a pickle between first and second and gunned down Justin Henningsen at the plate.

Junior Lucas Dehnert scored junior Jake Thompson with a double in the Raider sixth, and senior Caleb Nutting’s double plated Dehnert. Nutting and senior Bailey Patterson scored on a bad throw to the plate.

Norton pitched four innings for three hits, an unearned run, four walks and five strikeouts, and was 1-for-3 in the batter’s box.

Kline threw two innings for five hits, four earned runs and two walks.

Dehnert went the whole game on the hill for five hits, an earned run and four strikeouts.

Patterson and Dehnert both batted 1-for-3 with an RBI and scored.

The Lions shut the door on Class 4A Astoria’s seventh-inning comeback in the first round on Monday.

Fisherman juniors Olaf Englund and Fridtjof Fremstad walked before the first out, but Kline and St. Helens forced a double play and a popout to seal an 8-5 win.

“We came through in the clutch with our seniors,” Timmons said.

Astoria sophomore Trey Hageman scored from third on a high Lions throw from the plate, but Beau Mason’s home run to left-center brought Henningsen around in the home half.

Junior Cade O’Brien’s grounder scored junior Samboy Tuimato and Englund singled home junior Tyler Lynstad in the Fishermen second, but the Lions picked Astoria apart from there.

Allen’s single scored Tucker Mosley, Henningsen singled in Cole Beisley and Galvin, Mason singled Henningsen across and St. Helens led 6-3 after two.

Mulcahy singled Allen across in the fifth, Ross came in on a high throw to third and the Lions roared to an 8-3 lead through five.

Junior Jackson Arnsdorf drew the Fishermen closer at 8-5 in the top of the sixth as he singled in junior Kyle Strange and senior Ryker Helmerson.

Englund and Fremstad walked to reach first and second before the first out in the top of the seventh, but Strange flew into a double play at second base and Helmerson popped into left foul territory.

Mason batted 3-for-4 with three RBIs, and Henningsen went 2-for-4 for two RBIs and scored twice.

“We scored five runs before they did, and we won,” said Timmons of his Lions who had scored three runs in their first two games of the season. “We scored six or seven runs with two outs, and every fastball we got, we hit hard.”

Galvin pitched six innings for seven hits, five runs — four earned — two walks and struck out six.

Fremstad pitched two innings for six hits, six earned runs, a walk and two strikeouts. Lynstad went three innings for seven hits, two earned runs, two walks and a strikeout.

St. Helens beat Class 6A Madison (Portland) for fifth place and the consolation championship at the tournament last year.

As well as Monday went, St. Helens could not catch a break at Class 6A Jesuit on Friday, March 18, in Portland.

The Crusaders went scoreless until the fifth inning but blanked the Lions 5-0.

Senior Matthew Young’s groundout to second scored senior Griffin Brandt to break the ice for Jesuit in the fifth.

Senior Nolan McCarthy scored junior John Arndorfer and senior Brandon Brown with a double to center in the sixth, and senior Matthew Kollas scored senior Christopher Arpan and McCarthy as he tripled to right.

Mulcahy went 2-for-4 for the Lions and Garrett Sukua finished 2-for-3.

Mulcahy threw three innings for two hits and struck out six, and Ross went two innings for four hits, five runs — four earned — and two walks.

McCarthy finished 1-for-3 with two RBIs for Jesuit.

Senior John Gordon pitched four innings for two hits and two walks and struck out five.

St. Helens is scheduled to host Class 6A Centennial at 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

Jesuit 5, St. Helens 0

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J 000 014 x — 560

2B — SH: Bryce Mulcahy; J: Nolan McCarthy. 3B — J: Matthew Kollas. RBIs — J: Kollas 2, McCarthy 2, Matthew Young.

St. Helens 8, Astoria 5

A 120 002 0 — 5 7 2

SH 240 020 x — 8 14 1

3B — SH: Tucker Mosley. HR — SH: Beau Mason. RBIs — SH: Mason 3, Justin Henningsen 2, Bryce Mulcahy, Haidon Allen; A: Jackson Arnsdorf 2, Cade O’Brien, Olaf Englund.

Reynolds 5, St. Helens 1

SH 000 001 0 — 1 5 2

R 000 104 x — 5 8 2

RBIs — SH: Levi Norton; R: Lucas Dehnert, Bailey Patterson.

Glencoe 3, St. Helens 1

SH 000 100 0 — 1 5 2

G 000 003 x — 3 1 0

2B — SH: Mulcahy. RBIs — SH: Mulcahy; G: Justin Groves, Bryce Fornshell, Jacob Vice.