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Pacific League picks its best players

Baseball: Three Falcons and a Bulldog land spots on the all-league first team.

June 11, 2011|By Grant Gordon and Jeff Tully, grant.gordon@latimes.com; jeff.tully@latimes.com

GLENDALE — Having extended its Pacific League winning streak to 31 games en route to winning its third consecutive league crown, the 2011 campaign very much belonged to Arcadia High — a squad that ascended to the CIF Southern Section Division II semifinals.

Therefore, it was of little surprise when the Apaches garnered the Pacific League Most Valuable Player, as awarded to pitcher KJ Edson, and the league's coach of the year accolade, bestowed upon Nick Lemas.

Arcadia had seven all-league players in all — four on the first team and three on the second team.

Nonetheless, led by second-place Crescenta Valley, the area was well-represented on the All-Pacific League team, spearheaded by Falcons juniors Troy Mulcahey, Troy Prasertsit and Elliott Surrey and Burbank's Paul Frias on the first team.

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"I think the kids that made the all-league team from our school were very deserving," said CV Coach Phil Torres, whose team went 23-5 and 12-2 in league. "I think all three [first-teamers] had really, really good years."

Surrey made a return to the all-league first team, as did Mulcahey. Both proved to be valuable and formidable both at the plate and on the mound.

Surrey went 6-1 with a 1.02 earned-run average and 61 strikeouts in 41 innings. He walked just five batters and allowed a .161 opposing batting average. At the dish, Surrey hit .361 (30 for 83) with 23 runs, 23 runs batted in and a team-high 11 walks for a .444 on-base percentage.

"Elliott just comes to work every day," Torres said. "He's a grinder."

Mulcahey, an outfielder when he wasn't pitching, highlighted the season with a program-record nine home runs. He hit .425 (34 for 80) with eight walks, a .505 on-base percentage, a team-high 25 RBI and 23 runs. On the bump, Mulcahey went 4-2 with a 1.21 ERA, striking out 50 batters to 19 walks in 34 2/3 innings pitched.

"Mulcahey's ceiling is whatever he wants it to be," Torres said. "His offensive numbers are through the roof."

Prasertsit, a left fielder, came back from a subpar sophomore season to put together a standout junior campaign.

"I think when people look back at Troy's sophomore year, they're gonna realize that just wasn't him," Torres said. "This year he showed what he can really do."

Prasertsit hit .406 (28 for 69) with a .476 on-base percentage, 13 RBI, 11 runs and 10 walks.

Sophomore Cole Currie, an honorable mention last year, was a second-team pick along with junior pitcher Kyle Murray.

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