Independents split with GV, Bitterroot

In the first game of a Class B Legion doubleheader against Gallatin Valley last Saturday, Helena Independents pitchers Brady Anderson and Peyton Witham combined for a shutout in an 8-0 win over the Posse. During the Independents’ 8-5 victory in the nightcap, Ryan Barrett fanned five in five innings, with brother Seth earning the save. Helena’s offensive leaders on the day were Matt Krieger, Evan Rankin, Witham, Rudy Barkley and Anderson.

On Sunday, Helena (4-2) was swept by the Bitterroot Red Sox 9-4 and 8-6. In the curtain-raiser, reliever Hunter Sickerson kept it close, allowing just a single earned run over three innings. The Independents out-hit their opponents in Game 2, but came up short on the scoreboard. Their top hitters on Sunday were Zach Spiroff, Walter Evans, Witham and Sickerson.