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Coach Jon Burnett

Senators name Burnett head coach

Helena American Legion Baseball is proud to announce the hiring of Jon Burnett as the head coach of the Helena Senators.

The former Senator player’s Reps teams have accumulated a 216-86-1 record over the last five years (a .715 winning percentage), and his ability to coach and train players is highly valued in the Helena program.

We are excited to see “Coach B” lead Helena into a new era and to carry on the legacy of sportsmanship and winning baseball passed down through Coach Thennis.

By Richie Melby, Sports director for KTVH in Helena

Helena Senators announce Jon Burnett as new manager

HELENA – The Helena American Legion Baseball program didn’t have to look far for its new manager.

General manager Greg Thornquist told MTN Sports Sunday evening that Jon Burnett has been hired to replace the retired Dave Thennis as head coach of the American Legion Class AA club. Thennis announced his retirement last week.

“The baseball board met on Saturday and unanimously agreed that Jon be the head coach,” said Thornquist. “Jon has been involved with the program for maybe 14 years, he is a wonderful coach, which is apparent by his record coupled with his baseball knowledge, love of the game and ability to work with the kids and fellow coaches.”

“I’m very excited to continue the tradition coach Thennis has established,” said Burnett. I’ve coached with him and been a player for him in the last 17 years. There will be a lot of similarities in the way we run the program, I’ll have my own twist but it will be a very similar style in the program.”

Burnett, a former Senator player, has guided the Class A Helena Reps and compiled a 216-86-1 record in the past seven seasons, good for a .715 winning percentage. The Reps posted a 43-14 record this past season, including a 21-7 mark in conference play. Helena went 1-2 at the district tournament, ending its season in a loss against Bozeman.

“I’ve been head coach of the Reps for seven years and assistant for seven years so I’m not new to the scene but pretty excited to get to coach against and be colleagues with some of those guys that are established at the AA level,” said Burnett.

Burnett takes over for Thennis, who led the Senators to three consecutive state titles beginning in 2001. Thennis amassed more than 650 wins during his 20-year run with the program.

“We have a pretty strong core of kids that will be moving up but we lose quite a few seniors this year so it will be interesting to see how younger kids work into the AA side,” Burnett said. “I’m excited to see them continually grow and we have some pretty solid kids coming back, especially our pitching staff. I’m excited for next year, see how kids grow and step into the role of AA players.”

Coach Thennis retires after 20 years

By Curt Synness,

Longtime Helena Senators Legion baseball coach Dave Thennis is hanging up his spikes.

Over the course of a history-making career that spanned three decades from 1998-2017, Thennis compiled a lifetime record of 656-522 for a .557 winning percentage. During his 20 seasons, the Senators averaged 33 wins a year. His teams won three State AA championships (2001-03), qualified for the State tournament 16 times, and posted 17 .500-plus seasons. All of which are team records.

When the Senators captured the State title in 2001, it was only the second American Legion baseball crown in local history, and the first in 33 years, since 1968.

But despite all the numbers, records and championships, what Thennis — who started out as a pitcher for the Reps and Senators in the late 1980s — will remember the most are the thousands of people he was associated with in the Helena Legion baseball program.

“Coach ‘T’ always put doing the right thing ahead of all else, including winning,” related Helena pitching coach Seth O’Connell, who was a player on two of the Senators’ State championship teams. “His passion and respect for the game is unmatched, and he approaches everything he does with great pride and preparation.”

O’Connell noted that Thennis “always put the kids first,” and he insisted things were done the right way, with class.

“Wow. Where do I start? I have a million thoughts,” said Thennis, when asked to sum up his career after announcing his retirement on Wednesday. “I really just keep thinking of the players I have coached. The coaches I’ve worked with, and the opponents we played. What a collection of memories, I have learned so much from them.”

Thennis, who retires as the second-longest tenured AA coach, after Brent Hathaway (Missoula Mavs), was known for his high baseball IQ, and his intense, fiercely competitive nature. But he could also be good-natured and fun loving, and had a reputation as a classy sportsman — win, lose or draw.

“Dave had no tolerance for poor sportsmanship … his teams wouldn’t win every game, but they carried themselves as good citizens,” O’Connell stated. “He always knew what to say, and what the kids needed to hear, in any situation. He gave me goose bumps hundreds of times.”

O’Connell, who was named the MVP of the 2002 State Tournament, recounted how “Coach T taught me how to play the game the right way,” to always approach it one pitch at a time.

“He is, and always will be, my role model,” O’Connell said.

Thennis said that he’s “proud of our accomplishments,” and thankful to have been a part of such a great program.

“Hopefully my players found value in their experience,” Thennis said. “I will miss practice, bus rides and tight ball games. But mostly I’ll miss the players and coaches.”

Senators edge Great Falls

By Curt Synness, Helena IR

In the bottom of the eighth inning with two outs at Kindrick Legion Field on Friday, the Helena Senators were clinging to a slim, one-run lead over the Great Falls Chargers.

Helena’s Carter Pappas stood on second base, having reached on a base on balls, and advancing on Isaiah Meza’s ground-out. Next, teammates Conor McCarvel and Eamonn Byrne followed with back-to-back RBI singles for a 5-2 cushion.

And then when reliever Tanner McMahon held Great Falls to a single run in the top of the ninth, Helena clinched a 5-3 Class AA Legion victory. The Senators improve to 27-22 on the year.

Hometown starter Brett Jacobs worked 6.0 innings, scattering six hits and permitting just one run, for the win. McMahon got the save, striking out three in three frames.

Chargers’ reliever Alan Larocque was saddled with the loss.

McCarvel, Byrne and Ray Moore, Jr., paced the Senators’ offense, with two hits apiece. Moore and Payton Pappas each produced an RBI, with Pappas lacing a double.

Great Falls out-hit the hosts 10-8, led by Wyatt Bleskin’s three hits.

“Brett and Tanner both made some critical pitches tonight,” Helena coach Dave Thennis said, “and we got a few timely hits, especially late, from Conor and Eamonn.”

Andrew Rosston

Senators maul Medicine Hat

By Curt Synness, Helena Independent Record

Keaton Ralston fired a two-hit shutout, and Colin Sassano banged out four hits as the Helena Senators captured both ends of a Class AA doubleheader over Medicine Hat, 10-0 and 11-1, both 6-inning run-rule victories.

Helena improves to 26-22 on the year after sweep at Kindrick Legion Field on Wednesday.

In the curtain-raiser — which started 45 minutes late due to an umpire shortage — Ralston struck out four Moose batsmen, while walking three.

The Senators scored two runs in the first inning, five in the second, two in the fourth, and one marker in the sixth to end the game. Carter Pappas and Andrew Rosston posted two RBIs apiece, and Kienan Stief and Ray Moore Jr. both stroked a pair of hits. Stief had the game’s lone extra-base hit with a double.

In the nightcap, Sassano just missed hitting for the cycle, lacing a triple to the right-center gap and a double over the left fielder’s head, to go along with a couple singles. He and Moore led the RBI derby, driving in three runs each. Moore bashed a two-RBI triple to the left-center wall in the fifth, before being called out on an appeal play for missing first base.

Helena tallied one run each in the first and third frames, followed by four, three and two counters, respectively, over the final three innings.

Tayler Carlson started on the bump and pitched a complete game win, scattering seven hits. He lost his shutout in the sixth. The Canadians were hampered by nine errors on the day, while the home team committed just one miscue.

“Both guys, Keaton and Tayler, threw primarily fast balls and curve balls; and a few change-ups. Lots of strikes,” said Helena coach Dave Thennis. “It was a nice defensive night to go along with timely hitting.”

Photo by Troy Shockley, Helena Independent Record

Sens split Keith Sell day 1

By Curt Synness, Helena Independent Record

The Helena Senators split their first two games at the Keith Sell Invitational Legion baseball tournament on Thursday at Kindrick Legion Field, beating Mount Vernon 10-2 in six innings, before dropping a 9-1 decision to Eastside Baseball in five frames. Both games were stopped by the tournament’s eight-run mercy rule.

Against the Mount Vernon (Washington) River Rats, Helena’s Kienan Stief’s three-run, walk-off homer in the bottom of the sixth hit the run-rule margin to clinch the Senators’ victory. Stief, who also chipped in with an RBI double over the left fielder’s head in the fifth frame, finished the game 2 for 4, with four RBIs.

His second long dinger in less than a week sailed about 15 feet over the left field fence.

Stief also had a nice game at shortstop, being on the front end of a pair of 6-4-3 double plays, with second baseman Colin Sassano and first baseman Payton Pappas.

The Senators led all the way, going up 2-0 after two innings, and 7-1 prior to the sixth stanza.

Starting pitcher Tayler Carlson went all six innings for Helena, allowing seven hits, striking out two and walking one.

Mount Vernon’s Reilly Olmstead took the loss. Three of Olmstead’s seven runs allowed were unearned, as the River Dogs’ defense permitted five errors in the field.

Adding to Stief’s output were teammates Ryan Arntson and Ray Moore Jr. with three hits apiece, along with Isaiah Meza, who stroked a two-run single in the fifth.

Arnston made a fine sliding catch on a sinking pop-up in shallow right field in the second inning, as well.

Ian Fitzgerald (double) and Olmstead (RBI) also both had three hits for the Washington group.

“A sound game, both offensively and defensively,” said coach Dave Thennis, whose Senators stand at 20-16 on the year. “Tayler simply threw strikes and made them earn it, and he had the curve ball working well for his off-speed pitch.”

Regarding Stief’s recent power surge, Thennis said he’s “been very consistent all year, but lately his timing is really allowing him to get the barrel of the bat on the ball.”

In the their next contest against Eastside (Kennewick, Wash.), the host Senators took an early 1-0 advantage after two innings.

Helena starting pitcher Carter Pappas kept Eastside of the board over the two frames, while twin brother Payton reached first base in the bottom of the second after being plunked by a pitch. He eventually scored, after a single by Jackson Maynard and error on Eamonn Byrne’s batted ball.

Eastside left fielder Morgan Curry made a great throw to the plate for the third out of the inning.

The Senators’ lead turned out to be short-lived, though, when Eastside proceeded to score two runs in the third and fourth stanzas, and five more in the fifth.

Hayden Curnott pitched a four-hitter for the win, allowing no earned runs, striking out one and did not walk a batter. Carter, who was lifted in the fifth, was saddled with the loss. Payton and Byrne collaborated on the last three outs of the game.

Tyson Thurman had two hits and two RBIs, and Curry poked a two-run double for the Washington club.

Sassano laced a triple for the home team.

“This game simply slipped away from us. We need to bounce back tomorrow,” Thennis said.

The Senators will meet Columbia Basin at 7 p.m. Friday.

Other results during the first day of the nine-team tournament included Butte over Calgary 7-4, Mount Vernon over Butte 10-1, and Bozeman over Columbia Basin 5-3.

There will be six round-robin games contested at Kindrick on Friday, the first starting at 8 a.m., and the last scheduled for 9:30 p.m. The tourney runs through Sunday.

Mount Vernon – 000 101 x — 2 7 5
– 020 143 x — 10 13 0

Reilly Olmstead, Josh France (5); Tayler Carlson. W – Carlson, L – Olmstead.

MOUNT VERNON — Travis Oord 0-3, Ian Fitzgerald 3-3, Olmstead 3-3, Swen Larson 0-2, Erik McGehee 1-2, Finn Wilson 0-3, Skyler Jensen 0-2, Lane Harlan 0-2, Ian Baisch 0-2.

HELENA — Conor McCarvel 1-4, Ryan Arntson 3-4, Colin Sassano 0-4, Kienan Stief 2-4, Ray Moore, Jr. 3-3, Payton Pappas 1-2, Isaiah Meza 1-3, Carter Pappas 1-3, Kellan Elder 0-0, Eamonn Byrne 1-2.

2B — Stief, Fitzgerald; HR – Stief; RBIs – Stief 4, Meza 2, Byrne, Carter, Payton, McGehee, Olmstead.

Eastside – 002 25x x — 9 8 1
Helena –
010 00x x — 1 4 2

Hayden Curnott; Carter Pappas, Payton Pappas (5), Eamonn Byrne (5). W – Curnott, L – Carter.

EASTSIDE — Curnott 1-3, Kevin Kite 1-4, Levi Knott 0-3, Casey Cummings 1-3, Bailey Sarto 0-1, Austen Rogers 1-2, Ramon Henriquez 1-3, Nash McCluskey 0-0, Tyson Thurman 2-2, Morgan Curry 1-2.

HELENA — McCarvel 0-3, Arntson 0-3, Sassano 1-2, Stief 0-2, Moore 1-2, Payton 1-1, Carlson 0-2, Maynard 1-2, Byrne 0-1.

2B — Curnott, Curry; RBIs – Thurman 2, Curry 2, Curnott, Kite, Knott,

Keaton Ralston

Senators split with Kalispell

By Curt Synness, Helena IR

The Helena Senators split a Class AA Legion baseball doubleheader with Kalispell on Tuesday, winning the opener 4-3 and then dropping the nightcap 9-3.

In the lid-lifter, with the score tied at 3-all, Helena’s Kellan Elder led off the top of the seventh inning with a single. He went to second base on a Conor McCarvel sacrifice bunt, before reaching third on Ryan Arntson’s groundout. Then Colin Sassano’s RBI single scored Elder with the go-ahead run.

Payton Pappas paced the Senators’ offense with three singles, while Kienan Stief jacked a two-run homer. Sassano banged a couple singles.

Tanner McMahon relieved Helena starter Keaton Ralston in the sixth frame, and allowed two hits and one unearned run in the last two innings for the win. Ralston worked five stanzas, scattering seven hits and permitting a pair of runs.

In the second tilt, the Lakers broke a 3-all tie after 3 1/2 innings, scoring three runs in the bottom of the fourth, one in the fifth and two more counters in the seventh.

Drew Scherer pitched the win, while Kalispell teammates Ryan Symmes had two hits, and Keenan Morisaki drove in the deciding run.

Helena (19-17) actually out-hit the Lakers 10-8 — led by Carlson (3 for 4), Payton (2 for 3, double) and Isaiah Meza (2 for 4) — but was hurt by five errors and 11 men left on base.

Starter Brett Jacobs was saddled with the loss, going 4 2/3 innings and giving up five hits and seven runs, five of which were unearned.

Last Saturday in Idaho, the Senators were edged by Coeur d’Alene, 3-2.


Helena – 010 002 1 — 4 10 2
Kalispell – 000 201 0 — 3 8 0

Keaton Ralston, Tanner McMahon (6); Dawson Smith, Johan Freudenburg (6). W – Mcmahon, L – Freudenburg.

Ralston allowed seven hits and two runs in five innings, McMahon gave up one hit and one unearned run.

HELENA — Conor McCarvel 1-3, Ryan Arntson 1-4, Colin Sassano 2-4, Kienan Stief 1-3, Ray Moore 0-3, Payton Pappas 3-3, Tayler Carlson 1-3, Carter Pappas 0-3, Jackson Maynard 1-2, Kellan Elder 0-0.

2B — Payton; HR – Stief; RBIs – Stief 2, Carlson, Sassano.



Helena – 000 300 0 — 3 10 5
Kalispell 030 312 x — 9 8 1

Brett Jacobs, Jackson Maynard (5); Sam Elliott, Drew Scherer (4).

HELENA (19-17) — McCarvel 1-4, Arntson 1-4, Sassano 0-3, Stief 1-3, Moore 0-4, Payton 2-3, Carlson 3-4, Isaiah Meza 2-4, carter Pappas 0-2.

2B — Payton; RBIs – Arntson, Sassaso, McCarvel

Senators sweep Lethbridge

Senators sweep Lethbridge

The Helena Senators traveled north of the border on Tuesday, where they swept Lethbridge in a late-night Class AA Legion baseball twinbill, 4-2 and 10-3.

Coach Dave Thennis’ Senators improve to 18-13 on the year after the two big victories in Alberta.

Helena took an early 2-0 lead in the curtain-raiser, and stretched the advantage to 4-1 after five stanzas.

Kienan Stief sparked the offense, going 3 for 4 with a double, a stolen base and three RBIs. Ryan Arntson (two runs), Colin Sassano (two runs) and Payton Pappas (RBI) knocked a single and double each.

Tayler Carlson started on the hill and tossed a five-hitter over six innings for the win. He gave up two runs, struck out two and walked two. Closer Andrew Rosston pitched a hitless seventh for the save.

In the nightcap, Lethbridge jumped ahead 3-0 after two innings of play, before the Montanans came back to score one run in the third, six in the fifth and three more in the sixth to go up by seven.

Helena reliever Tanner McMahon took over for starting hurler Carter Pappas in the third and proceeded to shut Lethbridge out over the final five innings. McMahon scattered four hits, struck out six and walked just one.

Tayler Carlson and Ray Moore Jr. spearheaded the Senators’ 10-hit attack, both stroking a single and a double. Carlson posted three RBIs, while Moore scored twice and drove in a run. Colin Sassano went 2 for 2, as well.

Sens blow out Scarlets

By Curt Synness, Helena IR

Powered by the bats of Kienan Stief, Ryan Arntson and Colin Sassano, along with Brett Jacobs’ arm, the Helena Senators run-ruled the Billings Scarlets on Saturday afternoon, 15-2 in seven innings at Kindrick Legion Field.

The win gives the Senators a sweep of the two-game Class AA Legion baseball series, while improving the Helena club’s record to 16-13 on the year.

The home team banged out 17 hits, as Stief went 4 for 5 with three RBIs, Sassano drove in four runs with two doubles, and Arntson went 3 for 4 and also posted four RBIs.

Jacobs started on the hill and worked six innings for the win, allowing six hits, striking out four and walking two. Tanner McMahon relieved the final, scoreless stanza.

“Hitting is contagious; we had everyone hit today — lots of great offensive stuff,” Senators coach Dave Thennis said. “But most importantly, we had another error-free day. Pitching and defense have been excellent this weekend.”

After Billings scored two runs in the top half of the first — their only scores of the day — the local nine answered right back with three markers in their half of the inning. It turned out to be the deciding factor, although Helena tacked on 12 more: Two in the second, four in the third, five in the fourth, and a final tally in the fifth frame.

Ray Moore Jr. also got in the fun, driving two high flies for doubles to deep left field. The first of those just missed being a homer, banging off the fence about halfway up. He finished with a pair of RBIs. Jackson Maynard (RBI) and Payton Pappas (double, RBI) stroked a couple base knocks apiece, as well.

The Scarlets were led by Cole Kramer’s two hits, with a double and an RBI. Brayden Huppert took the loss on the mound for the visitors.

Senators tame Billings Scarlets

By Curt Synness, Helena IR

The Helena Senators hosted the Billings Scarlets on Friday in the first of a two-day Class AA Legion conference series, and came away with a well-played, 5-1 victory.

Helena jumped out to a 3-1 lead after one inning of play at Kindrick Legion Field, and that turned out to be enough offense to win the game — although the hosts added a couple insurance runs later on.

Senators leadoff man Conor McCarvel got on base on an error to start things off in the bottom of the first, followed by Ryan Arntson’s single. Then Kienan Stief singled, and both runners scored on a throwing error.

Next, Ray Moore Jr. drilled a long RBI-single to left center field, and the hosts grabbed a two-run lead.

In the fifth frame, Helena’s right fielder, Arntson, played a little “Rickey Henderson ball.” Arntson reached on a walk before sprinting for a straight steal. On the next pitch, he went to third on a delayed steal, and when the pitcher’s throw went wild into left field foul territory, the speedy Arntson sprinted home to extend the lead to three.

Stief and Moore paced the home team’s 13-hit attack with three base knocks apiece. Payton Pappas and Moore both had RBIs.

Keaton Ralston started on the bump for Helena, and worked eight innings for the win. He scattered six hits and allowed one run in the opening stanza, before shutting out the Magic City over the next seven frames. Ralston struck out eight and walked two. Andrew Rosston closed out the scoreless ninth in relief.

“Keaton had a good fast ball and was throwing his curve ball for strikes,” said coach Dave Thennis, whose Senators move to 15-13 on the year. “He never got himself in trouble; excellent effort.”

Billings’ lone multi-hit game was off the bat of Mac Spickard. Teammate Andy Larsen drove in the visitors’ lone run. Starter Greg Andriolo went seven frames and took the loss for the Scarlets. The visitors were also hurt by four errors.

“It was a sound defensive game for us. We made the plays we should make,” Thennis said.

The two teams meet again Saturday at Kindrick Legion Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m.

Scarlets 100 000 000 — 1 7 4
Senators 300 010 10x — 5 13 0

Greg Andriolo, Mac Spickard (7); Keaton Ralston, Andrew Rosston (9). W – Ralston, L – Andriolo.

SCARLETS — Ben Tallman 0-4, Kendall Sinclair 0-4, Dylan Johnson 1-2, Andy Larsen 1-4, Brayden Huppert 1-4, Cole Kramer 1-4, Payton 0-0, Clay Cebull 0-2, Jack Leuthold 0-2, Cole DeVries 1-3, Mac Spickard 2-4.

HELENA (15-13) — Conor McCarvel 1-5, Ryan Arntson 1-4, Colin Sassano 1-4, Andrew Rosston 1-3, Ray Moore, Jr. 3-4, Payton Pappas 1-4, Carter Pappas 1-2, Eamonn Byrne 1-4.
2B — Johnson; RBIs – Moore, Pappas, Larsen.

The Helena Senators' Colin Sassano catches Helena Brewer Gabriel Garcia attempting to steal second during an exhibition game Thursday at Kindrick Legion Field.

Senators enjoy exhibition with the pros

By Erik Anderson, and Helena Independent Record

As Eamonn Byrne got to pitch against his teammates on Thursday night as part of an exhibition game at Kindrick Legion Field playing with the pros, he could rest assured he’d have the best defense of his baseball career behind him: The Helena Brewers.

The Brewers made their presence felt early, turning a double play in the bottom of the second inning.

“I kind of just try to throw the ball over the plate because I knew the defense was good enough to make any play they needed to,” Byrne said. “I mainly threw fast balls and one change-up. We wanted to keep it to fast balls today.”

The Senators and Brewers shared the field together, taking part in an exhibition game of baseball with a twist: Each team’s pitcher would face their own batters and use their catcher. The other team’s defense would back up the pitcher-catcher combination. It’s why Byrne could pitch to Isaiah Mesa, but have the Brewers turn a double play.

On a partially overcast day in Helena, the game felt more like baseball’s version an old improv TV show — Whose At-Bat Anyway: The game where everything is made up and the points don’t matter. Sure, the Brewers won 6-2, but the game was more about introducing the community to this season’s Brewers, and giving some Senators a chance of a lifetime to face the pros.

“Honestly, it’s just the experience,” Senators coach Dave Thennis said. “It’s fun. Our kids love it.

“Things just speed up. Things that would be a hit at our level are just not at that level. They take things away. It’s fun how quickly things happen when you watch a professional team perform behind you. These pitchers, I know, they look behind them and go, ‘All I have to do is throw strikes.’”

And in one fun stretch, a Senator had the opportunity of his baseball career.

Senators pitcher Jackson Maynard got his shot against a Brewer, Payton Henry. Henry had been catching while his team batted, and asked Thennis if he could hit during the Senators lineup. When Maynard heard the Senators had a shot to pitch to a big leaguer, he lined up.

In his third year with the Senators, Maynard had his tallest order.

With probably about 60 pounds of weight difference between the two, Maynard retired the 6-foot-2, 225-pound Henry, prompting a ground-out of the pro after he threw a change-up.

“I got him,” Maynard said, grinning. “It was cool. I wanted him to take me yard, honestly. It would have been cool to just see him hit a bomb, but it’s fun. It’s something I can talk about. Nobody can tell me I suck any more.”

The experience, more than anything, helped the Senators relax and refocus on the fun of the game, not the pressure of winning.

“It’s a good learning thing for us to play relaxed,” Maynard said. “We’ve been uptight lately, and it’s good to get another breather of a game and have fun.”

Earlier in the day, the Senators watched Brewers batting practice, some in awe of the hitting power of the young pros. The Brewers put up a run in the third, three in the seventh and another in the ninth.

As the Senators squeezed across a run in the eighth inning, with Ryan Arntson slashing a single that found a gap between the Brewer center and right fielders, Kienan Stief, mitt over wrist, jumped up toward the box. It wasn’t his turn in the batting order. He wanted to celebrate. Stief drew back an imaginary bow, aimed at Arntson, who had found his way to second, and released an arrow in his direction.

“Two run isn’t too bad, but it’s nothing to brag about it,” Byrne said afterward. “It helps us go into tomorrow’s game with a better mentality. It’s a blessing to play the game.”

The youngsters got another run in the inning, too.

Another wrinkle presenting itself on Thursday was catcher-infield dynamics. Any stealing attempts resulted in a Brewer throwing to a Senators crew he’d never worked with, and vice versa for the Senators. For the most part, save a pair of errors, throws were accurate.

It was a night of rotations in the scrimmage. The Senators and Brewers cycled through a slew of pitchers and tried to get everybody some pitches and at-bats.

Friday, the Senators are back at Kindrick Legion to face the Billings Scarletts.

“We’ll get after them,” Thennis said. “I hope the looseness from tonight translates to tomorrow and we come out and play relaxed.”

The Brewers, meanwhile, will continue to pull their roster together — three players were scheduled to arrive in Helena on Thursday night — and prepare for their season opener, Monday at Kindrick against the Great Falls Voyagers.