St. Helens baseball finishes Hillsboro
Haidon Allen's three-run double in the sixth helps Lions to 7-1 road win
Haidon Allen's three-run double helped the Lions put the Spartans away and avoid a season sweep on Wednesday at Hare Field in Hillsboro.
The junior scored Tucker Mosley, Colton Beisley and Bryce Mulcahy in the sixth inning and propelled St. Helens to a 7-1 win.
Allen also scored the final run for the Lions (9-12 overall, 6-6 Northwest Oregon Conference) as Christian Ross reached first base on a Spartans error at third.
Levi Norton three-hit Hillsboro (7-15, 6-6) through five innings for an earned run, five walks and three strikeouts.
The Spartans finished the Lions, however, with nine runs in the seventh on Tuesday in St. Helens.
Returning all-state senior second-teamer Damon Peters batted 3-for-5 for Hillsboro (7-14, 6-5) with a home run and drove five runs across. Junior Jarred Eichstadt went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBIs and a pair of runs scored.
Sophomore Curran Mitzel threw five innings for four hits, two earned runs, five walks and six strikeouts.
Mulcahy and Henningsen both drive in a run for the Lions (8-12, 5-6).
Quintin Galvin pitched two innings for six hits, six earned runs, two walks and two strikeouts. Ross went 1.1 innings for six hits, two walks and nine runs, eight of which were earned.
St. Helens and Hillsboro have split four meetings since the Spartans moved down from Class 6A last season.
The Lions enjoyed a home-and-away sweep of Sandy with a 5-3 road win on Friday, April 29.
Senior Grayson Fenwick doubled senior Travis Copher and junior Logan Kaush across for the Pioneers (8-14, 4-8) in the sixth, but Sandy drew no closer.
Mulcahy came away 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a score.
Norton one-hit Sandy through five innings for an unearned run, three walks and two strikeouts.
The Lions also beat Sandy 2-0 on April 27 in St. Helens and have taken five of the last six meetings.
Mulcahy leads the Lions with 16 RBIs and 18 runs scored.
Galvin is 4-4 on the hill through 43.2 innings with 45 hits, 35 runs 31 earned 13 walks, 35 strikeouts and a 4.969 earned run average.
The Lions, winners of three of their last four games, are scheduled to play at defending conference champion Liberty (12-9, 9-3) at 5 p.m. on Friday in Hillsboro, then to host the Falcons at 5 p.m. on Tuesday.
Liberty, which has taken four of the last five meetings in the series, scores 6.2 runs per game and allows 4.8.
The Lions bring 4.8 runs home per game against 4.3 runs allowed.
St. Helens 5, Sandy 3
SH 102 200 0 5 5 3
S 100 002 0 3 2 3
2B SH: Christian Ross; S: Grayson Fenwick. 3B SH: Bryce Mulcahy. HR SH: Mulcahy. RBIs S: Fenwick 2; SH: Mulcahy 3, Haidon Allen, Levi Norton.
Hillsboro 16, St. Helens 2
H 061 000 9 16 15 0
SH 000 110 0 2 4 5
2B H: Garrett Lusey, Damon Peters; SH: Bryce Mulcahy. 3B H: Evan Nelson. HR H: Peters, Jarred Eichstadt. RBIs H: Peters 5, Eichstadt 2, Lusey, Chase Hildner, Jonathan Sommer, Garet Calavan; SH: Mulcahy, Justin Henningsen.
St. Helens 7, Hillsboro 1
SH 001 204 0 7 8 0
H 000 100 0 1 4 3
2B SH: Haidon Allen, Levi Norton. 3B SH: Garrett Sukau. HR SH: Mulcahy. RBIs SH: Allen 3, Mulcahy 2, Christian Ross.