The Helena Senators led by as many as nine runs Monday night but couldn’t hold on, as Great Falls rallied for a 14-3 win at Kindrick Legion Field.
Great Falls’ Kevin McGee’s ninth-inning double drove in Jake Fischer for the winning run. McGee finished the night going 3 for 4 at the plate, with two doubles and five runs batted in.
Chargers reliever Dawson Reiman pitched the final five innings, shutting out the Senators on just two hits, while striking out two, for the win.
The loss drops Helena to 19-9 overall, and 2-3 in conference play.
The Senators, who led 13-4 after the fifth inning, broke out to an early 3-0 lead in the first frame when Koby Griffin laced a 2-RBI to the left field fence, before scoring minutes later on a wild pitch.
In the third, the hosts scored three more, sparked by Henry Bowers’ double and a single by Kienan Stief.
After the Chargers closed the gap to 6-4, Helena pushed across five runs in the fifth, and two more in the sixth, for a nine-run cushion.
But then the visitors started chipping away at the lead, scoring six in the sixth stanza, and three in the seventh to knot the game at 13-all.
The Electric City crew outhit the Senators 18-13, led by McGee, Fischer (5-5) and Cade Stuff (2-6, two RBIs).
Pacing the home team’s offense were Griffin (two doubles, three RBIs), Nick Wrigg (three stolen bases) and Stief (double, two RBIs), with three hits apiece.
Also driving in two runs each were Danny Burton and Chase Rook, while Payton Pappas scored three runs.
Jack Shevalier started on the mound and worked into the fourth inning, allowing three hits and two runs, although he did work his way out of jams with two on in the first, and the bases loaded in the third.
Helena went on to use four more pitchers, with Payton Pappas being saddled with the loss.
“A strange game,” Senators coach Dave Thennis said, “we could just not find outs…but I think Great Falls had something to do with that.”
NOTE: Former Senators player and current Reps coach Jon Burnett will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Tuesday’s game versus Great Falls at Kindrick Legion Field, at 6:55 p.m.
Great Falls 000 406 301 – 14 18 3
Helena 303 520 000 – 13 13 3
Justyn Markinko (1.0), Isaiah Roberts (3.0), Dawson Reiman (5.0); Jack Shevalier (3.0), Ryan Dorvall (2.0), Jacob Hatzenbuehler (.0), Danny Burton (1.1), Payton Pappas (2.2). W – Reiman, L – Payton.
GREAT FALLS – Wyatt Bleskin 3-6, Cade Stuff 2-6, Daniel Bonilla 1-4, Matt Garcia 1-4, Dawson Reiman 2-6, Tucker Wilke 1-5, Jake Fischer 5-5, Lane Jensen 0-3, Kevin McGee 3-4.
HELENA (19-9, 2-3) – Danny Burton 2-4, Ryan Dorvall 0-3, Nick Wrigg 3-5, Payton Pappas 0-3, Koby Griffin 3-5, Henry Bowers 0-0, Kienan Stief 3-4, Kenny Wilson 1-5, Carter Pappas 0-3, Chase Rook 1-3, Jackson Maynard 0-2.
2B – McGee 2, Griffin 2, Stief; RBIs – McGee 5, Griffin 3, Stuff 2, Burton 2, Stief 2, Rook 2, Bleskin, Garcia, Reiman, Wilke, Jensen, Wilson, Pappas.