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Mulcahey anchored CV with dual prowess

Whether at the plate or on the mound, Falcon had an impressive season in the Pacific League

August 02, 2011|By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com
(Raul Roa Staff Photographer )

In order to contend for a Pacific League title and clinch a playoff berth in 2011, the Crescenta Valley High baseball team needed a big bat in the middle of its lineup and a showstopper on the mound.

As it turned out, the Falcons benefited from more than one player heeding the call and stepping up with a big season offensively or on the pitching rubber, sometimes even both. But when it came to getting the best of the two in one package, Troy Mulcahey stood out as the team's quintessential one-man wrecking crew.

"He always came through in the clutch when we needed him, he was just always there for us," teammate Elliott Surrey says of the junior pitcher/outfielder. "He was just big for us this year."

The flamethrower in the Falcons' three-pronged pitching arsenal that included Surrey and Kyle Murray, Mulcahey (4-2) overpowered the opposition en route to compiling a 1.21 earned-run average with 50 strikeouts.

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"He had a great year and it's just putting everything together from opening pitch until the final pitch of the game," Falcons Coach Phil Torres says. "He can be one of the dominating players in the Southern Section."

Just as opposing hitters routinely left the batter's box shaking their heads, Mulcahey had opposing pitchers shaking in their cleats and choosing their spots carefully. His prodigious power manifested itself this season in a program-record nine home runs, which eclipsed the mark set by current Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim prospect Trevor Bell in 2005.

"He had a big year [at the plate]," Surrey says. "He was seeing pitches and he was hitting them hard, everywhere, all over the yard."

Mulcahey's combination of offensive and defensive achievements was as deep and varied as any in the area this season, a dual prowess that earned him the honor of being named 2011 All-Area Baseball Player of the Year, as voted on by the sportswriters and editors of the Glendale News-Press, Burbank Leader and La Cañada Valley Sun.

"I just tried to stay above the .400 mark hitting and help the team out with my runs batted in and scoring," Mulcahey says. "I was extremely happy [with my pitching]. I just try to keep the ball down and get ground balls and the defense helped me out so much this year. I had a great year pitching.

"Those are my goals and I felt that I met them pretty well."

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