No. 10 Putnam baseball breaks loose from St. Helens
Kingsmen score five runs in sixth inning, win 9-4
Tenth-ranked Putnam got going when it needed to on Wednesday in St Helens.
The Kingsmen scored five sixth-inning runs and shook the Lions for a 9-4 win.
Junior Sam Booth homered to left field, senior Aaron Dolfay walked home with the bases loaded, senior Jesse Countryman scored on a wild pitch and junior Jake Storment singled in junior Jordan Proudfoot and Martin.
Storment came away with three RBIs for Putnam (16-8 overall, 11-4 Northwest Oregon Conference).
Garrett Sukau doubled, homered and drove in three runs for the Lions (10-14, 7-8).
Bryce Mulcahy pitched four innings for nine hits, four earned runs, three walks and six strikeouts. Sukau threw an inning for two hits, two earned runs and three walks. Keegan Kline went 1.1 innings for a hit and three earned runs.
The Kingsmen are tied with La Salle Prep atop the conference and have taken three of the last five meetings.
Defending state runner-up Liberty avenged the Lions' 5-1 road win on Friday, May 6, with a 6-2 win on Tuesday in St. Helens.
The Falcons led 4-0 after two innings and shut the Lions out of all but the fourth.
Justin Henningsen's double scored Beau Mason, and Quintin Galvin bunted Sukau across.
Falcons senior Cody Rice doubled in two runs.
Liberty could do little on May 6 as they were shut out of all but the seventh and watched their five-game win streak come to an end.
Haidon Allen broke a scoreless tie in the top of the fourth as Sukau reached on a Falcons error at shortstop. Henningsen singled in Mason, and Sukau scored on a Liberty error at third base.
Mulcahy launched a fifth-inning home run to center field and scored Cole Beisley.
Rice, whose double was his side's only extra-base hit, broke the shutout as he reached on a Lions error at shortstop in the seventh and scored senior Renner Stecki.
Mulcahy six-hit Liberty through seven innings for an unearned run and struck out 11.
Falcons senior Blake Walker went five innings for five hits, five runs three earned and four strikeouts. CJ Clark threw two innings for two hits, a walk and a strikeout.
The Falcons, who will move up to Class 6A next season, have won six of the last nine meetings.
Mulcahy leads St. Helens with four home runs, 19 RBIs, 19 runs scored and a .463 batting average. He is also 3-3 on the hill through 49 innings with 29 hits, 14 runs four earned 12 walks, 76 strikeouts and a .571 earned run average.
Quintin Galvin is 4-5 through 48.1 innings for 55 hits, 37 of 41 runs earned, 15 walks, 37 strikeouts and a 5.359 ERA.
The Lions, who score 4.7 runs per game and allow 4.5, can avenge Wednesday's loss with a win in the regular-season finale at 5 p.m. on Friday at Aldercreek Middle School in Portland.
Putnam drives in seven runs per contest and allow a Class 5A fourth-best 3.5.
The state tournament is set to begin on May 23.
The Lions reached the first round last season for the first time since qualifying for Class 2A/1A state in 2009.
St. Helens 5, Liberty 1
SH 000 320 0 5 7 1
L 000 000 0 1 1 6 3
2B SH: Colton Beisley; L: Cody Rice. HR SH: Bryce Mulcahy. RBIs SH: Mulcahy 2, Garrett Sukau, Justin Henningsen.
Putnam 9, St. Helens 4
P 211 005 0 9 12 1
SH 310 000 0 4 10 3
2B SH: Garrett Sukau. HR P: Sam Booth; SH: Sukau. RBIs P: Jake Storment 3, Booth 2, Alex Martin, Jake Foglio, Garrett Benedict; SH: Garrett Sukau 3, Bryce Mulcahy.