Moore’s 10th-inning walk-off double beats Bucks

By Curt Synness, Helena IR

Helena Senators third baseman Ray Moore Jr. has some drama in his bat.

On Sunday at Kindrick Legion Field versus Bozeman, Moore drove a towering, walk-off double over the Bucks’ left fielder’s head, giving the home team a 4-3 victory in 10 innings.

With the score knotted at 3-all in the bottom of the 10th, Helena’s Colin Sassano beat out an infield single, and went to second base on a wild pitch. After Kienan Stief walked, Moore launched a shot to deep left as Sassano sped home for the game-winner

Moore has now pounded nine hits over the last four games, including five doubles and triple, while posting seven RBIs

The Senators’ latest Class AA Legion baseball win moves the club’s record to 9-4 on the year.

After starting pitchers Alex Eckstrom of Bozeman and Payton Pappas both opened with two scoreless innings, the Bucks went up 2-0 on a pair of unearned runs. Helena went on to commit five errors on the night, compared to three miscues by the visitors.

The home team pushed across three tallies in the fifth frame —provided by Carter Pappas and Colin Sassano being hit by pitches, Eamonn Byrne’s sacrifice bunt, Ryan Arntson reaching on an error, and a couple RBI singles by Kienan Stief and Moore.

Pappas and reliever Andrew Rosston combined to shut out Bozeman for four straight innings, until reliever Keaton Ralston gave up a run in the eighth to tie the game at 3.

The Senators’ Brett Jacobs relieved the final two scoreless innings for the win, surrendering one hit, with three strikeouts and no walks. Payton wound up working four innings, giving up four hits and no earned runs, while fanning four Bucks batsmen and walking one. Rosston pitched three shutout frames of one-hit ball.

The home team out-hit Bozeman 8-7, with Moore and Kienan Stief (two singles) having the lone multi-hit games.

“This wasn’t our best ball — we gave up too many extra outs and were not as comfortable at the plate as we need to be. But these guys are a tough, gritty bunch,” Senators coach Dave Thennis said. “This is the third time in four games that we won or tied the game in our last at-bat. And the pitching was tough; I’ll take three runs (allowed) every day of the week.”