It was one of those games in which you learn from your mistakes, give credit to your opponent, and then the sooner you put it behind you, the better.
The contest was the Helena Senators’ Class AA Legion baseball home opener on Wednesday at Kindrick Legion Field. The opponent was the Missoula Mavericks, who routed the Senators 11-0 in seven innings, the game halted early because of the 10-run mercy rule.
Missoula pitcher Koty Rebhan twirled a one-hitter with two strikeouts and no walks. And even though he only fanned two, Rebhan had most of the local batters either popping up or grounding out. The Garden City hurler was working fast and efficiently; he threw just 62 pitches on the night, and 45 of those were for strikes.
Helena’s Eamonn Byrne broke up Rebhan’s no-hitter with a one-out single in the third inning. The Missoulian pitched just two over the limit, with Ryan Dorvall reaching on an error in the fifth, facing 23 batters out of a possible minimum of 21.
On the line score above the Senators’ row of goose eggs, the visitors scored three runs in the second frame and four each in the third and fifth stanzas.
Nick Yovetich and Tyler Jewett (double) led the Mavs’ 15-hit onslaught, both going 3 for 4, with two RBIs each.
Helena used four pitchers, with starter Tanner McMahon going the first 2 1/3 innings and taking the loss, after giving up seven runs on seven hits. After relievers Henry Bowers and Tristan Siegers worked into the fourth frame, Danny Burton went the final 2 1/3 innings, giving up three hits during his scoreless appearance.
One of the brighter spots on the night for the home team took place in the top of the fourth, when third baseman Ray Moore took a relay from left fielder Byrne and fired a seed to catcher Carter Pappas to cut down the Maverick runner trying to score for the third out to end the inning.
“Missoula gets the credit,” Helena coach Dave Thennis said concisely. “Their pitcher was great, and they hit the ball. But we didn’t do our thing. So, on to the next game.”
Missoula 11, Helena 0 (7)
Missoula 034 040 0– — 11 15 2
Helena 000 000 0– — 0 1 1
Missoula: Koty Rebhan. Helena: Tanner McMahon, Henry Bowers (3), Tristan Siegers (4), Danny Burton (4). W – Rebhan, L – McMahon.
MISSOULA — Nick Yovetich 3-4, Jakob Bierig 0-4, Jonathan Mitchell 0-5, Hunter Paulson 0-3, Ryan McHugh 2-5, Spencer Schock 3-4, James Martin 2-3, Tyler Jewett 3-4, Davis Walker 2-2.
HELENA (2-4) — Ryan Arntson 0-3, Colin Sassano 0-3, Koby Griffin 0-3, Payton Pappas 0-3, Kienan Stief 0-2, Ray Moore 0-2, Carter Pappas 0-2, Ryan Dorvall 0-2, Eamonn Byrne 1-2, Jackson Thennis 0-1, Robert McCarvel 0-1.
2B — Jewett, Walker; RBIs – Yovetich 2, Jewett 2, Walker 2, Bierig, Mitchell, Paulson, Martin.