Andrew Rosston
The Reps' Andrew Rosston slides safely into second as Laurel's Trevor Meier misses a relay throw at Kindrick Legion Field. (Photo by James Ridle, Blackfoot Media Group)

Reps fall to Dodgers, but get rematch

By Curt Synness, Helena IR | Photos and story

The Helena Reps were shaded by the Laurel Dodgers 3-1 on Saturday during Day 3 of the Cloninger Classic, but the Reps will get another crack at the Dodgers in Sunday’s tourney championship game.

The first pitch of the finals at Kindrick Legion Field between No. 1 and unbeaten Laurel (5-0), and No. 2 Helena (4-1), is slated for 2 p.m.

Laurel, last year’s Class A State runner-up, sped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning of Saturday’s contest, and tacked on an insurance run in the sixth.

Helena ruined Dodger starter Carson West’s shutout in the fourth frame, when Andrew Rosston was plunked to lead off the inning, stole second base and raced home on Conor McCarvel’s two-out, RBI single to right field.

West twirled a five-hitter, striking out nine Reps and walking two. Helena’s Tayler Carson started and went six innings for the loss, allowing seven hits and giving up just one earned run. Rosston relieved the scoreless seventh, permitting two hits.

Laurel’s offense was led by Carson Hoke (double), Dawson Cortese and Kanyin Moran (double), with two hits apiece.

Carter Wald, Kellan Elder, Rosston and Talon Burchard chipped in with singles for the hosts.

“Both teams played well,” said coach Jon Burnett, whose Reps stand at 24-6 on the year. “It was a well-played game against good competition. And although we didn’t come on top, games like today’s will make us a better team come district tournament time.”

In other tourney action, Bozeman beat Lethbridge 6-5, and Lethbridge beat the Class B Helena Independents 14-3. The Reps and Dodgers both posted forfeit wins over Livingston, which left the tournament on Saturday before play began for what was called a “coach’s disciplinary” decision.

Prior to Sunday’s title game, No. 4 Lethbridge will play a pair of contests, against the Independents at 9 a.m., followed by a tilt versus No. 3 Bozeman at 11:30.

Curt Synness is on Twitter @curtsynnes_IR and can be reached at curt52s@bresnan.net.

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Laurel 3, Helena Reps 1

Laurel – 3 9 1
Helena – 1 5 2

WP – Carson West, LP – Tayler Carlson

Laurel hitting – Carson Hoke 2-4, Mason O’Donnell 1-4, Dawson Cortese 2-4, Chase Feller 1-4, Kanyin Moran 2-4, Deklan Harper 1-3.

Helena hitting – Carter Wald 1-3, Kellan Elder 1-3, Andrew Rosston 1-2, Talon Burchard 1-3, Conor McCarvel 1-2.

2B – Hoke, Moran; RBIs – McCarvel.

Laurel 8, Livingston 0

Forfeit

Bozeman 6, Lethbridge 5

Lethbridge – 5 6 6
Bozeman – 6 8 6

WP – Garrett Nash, LP – Brendan Nikles

Lethbridge hitting – Lukas Ankermann 1-3, Jack Jensen 1-4, Kale Moser 1-4, Josh Oster 1-4, Nathan Reiter 1-1, Skyler Vasalenek 1-2.

Bozeman hitting – Hunter Fliehman 3-4, Koby Scala 1-3, Michael Freund 1-4, Aiden Jarrett 2-4, Jackson Wafe 1-2.

2B – Freund; RBIs – Scala 2, Freund 2, Moser 2, Hodges, Ankermann, Blake Braun, Demers.

Lethbridge 14, Helena Independents 3

Lethbridge – 14 12 1
Independents – 3 9 3

WP – Moser, LP – Evan Rankin.

Lethbridge hitting – Demers 1-3, Nikles 1-4, Ty Penner 1-3, Zachary Trempner 2-3, Moser 2-4, Jeremiah Bohnert 1-4, Oster 3-3, Vaselenak 1-4.

Independents hitting – Matt Krieger 1-3, Nik Jemmings 2-3, Hunter Sickerson 2-2, Zach Spiroff 2-3, Peyton Witham 1-2, Sam Shepherd 1-3.

2B – Moser, Demers, Krieger, Shepherd; RBIs – Nikles 3, Moser 3, Penner 2, Bohnert 2, Demers, Trempner, Oster, Krieger, Jemmings, Shepherd.

Helena Reps 8, Livingston Braves 0

Forfeit