Don Vieth, Director of Athletic Communications
TAHLEQUAH – Former Northeastern State RiverHawks pitcher, Ryan Helsley took top honors in the Florida State League as its Pitcher of the Year on Monday.
Helsley went 8-2 with a 2.69 ERA in 17 outings for the Palm Beach Cardinals, striking out 91 and walking 30 in 93 2/3 innings. He allowed just three home runs and held batters to a .213 average before St. Louis moved him up to Double-A Springfield. The 2015 fifth-round pick out of Northeastern State is 11-3 with a 2.69 ERA overall this year.
Helsley pitched for the RiverHawks from 2014-15 where he made 21 starts and complied a 14-8 record. In 2015, he was fifth in the nation in strikeouts per nine innings (13.4), and led the MIAA with 95 punch-outs.