The Helena Reps pulled out a thrilling 10-5 win over the Gallatin Valley Outlaws on Saturday in Belgrade, MT, leading to a elimination game against the Livingston Braves on Sunday, with the winner advancing to the Montana state tournament along with the Deer Lodge Wranglers.
In the third innings, the Reps took a 3-2 lead on a hit-and-run single by Carter Wald scoring Eamonn Byrne, and after an hard single by Colin Sassano, Ray Moore hit his second double of the game to deep center, scoring both Wald and Sassano.
Helena had another big inning in the sixth, after a single by Byrne, a walk by Ryan Arntson, and another single by Wald, Sassano hit a sacrifice fly to score Byrne. Then Robert McCarvel hit a big two-run double to score Arntson and Wald, followed by an RBI single by Tanner McMahon as the Reps took a commanding 8-3 lead.
Helena later tacked on runs in the 7th and 8th with RBI singles by Wald and Sassano for some insurance.
Helena again had their bats going, with their big hitters of Wald (2 RBIs), Sassano (2 RBIs), Moore (2 doubles, 2 RBIs), and Byrne all collecting three hits a piece and McCarvel (2 RBIs), Arntson, and McMahon each with two hits. In total, Helena had 18 hits
Byrne, Andrew Rosston, and McMahon collectively only gave up 8 hits to the Outlaws on the hill, with Byrne going 5.1 innings and allowing only one earned run, getting the win. McMahon pitched the final 3.1 innings of scoreless ball.
The Reps will take on Livingston at 11:00 A.M. on Sunday. The winner will play Deer Lodge in the following game
Helena’s record stands at 41-15 on the season.
Helena 10, Gallatin Valley 5
Helena – 003 014 101 – 10 18 5
Gallatin Valley – 201 002 000 – 5 8 3
Helena: Arntson 2-4, Wald 3-6, Sassano 3-5, Moore 3-6, McCarvel 2-5, McMahon 2-5, Burchard 0-4, Rosston 0-0, Whitehouse 0-4, Byrne 3-4
2B: Moore 2, McCarvel. RBIs: Wald 2, Sassano 2, Moore 2, McCarvel 2, McMahon. SF: Sassano. HBP: Byrne, Arntson, Rosston, Whitehouse. SB: McMahon, Talon Burchard, Wald, Arntson.