Hunter Sickerson and Grady Koenig
Hunter Sickerson and Grady Koenig

Reps blast way to 4-1 in Spokane

The Helena Reps outscored their opponents 54-18 over their five games in the 2017 Fourth of July tournament in Spokane Valley, Wash. over the weekend, giving them a 4-1 record over the three days.

In Friday’s opening game, Grady Koenig and Hunter Sickerson each doubled, had a pair of hits and knocked in three RBI a piece to lead the offense to a 9-1 win over the Spokane Pepsi Diamondjaxx. Matt Krieger threw a two-hitter on the mound for the Reps over 5.0 innings to pick up the win.

Friday’s second game brought a 14 hit and 15 run performance from the offense, with Caeden Suero and Zach Spiroff (two doubles) leading the way with three hits a piece. Kadyn Craigle chipped it with a pair of hits and RBI, and Grigsby drove in three as Helena ran away with a 15-2 blowout win over Spokane East Valley. Dylan Steinmetz threw a spectacular 3.0 innings for the win, giving up one hit and striking out eight batters. Seth Barrett and Jacob Howell were given mop-up duty, each throwing an inning of shutout work.

On Saturday morning, Helena defeated Gonzaga Prep in a tight 7-6 win. Craigle jump started Helena’s bats with three hits, and Howell and Spiroff (three RBI) each contributed a pair of hits in the win. Ryan Barrett gave up one earned run and struck out four over 4.0 innings for the win, and Walter Evans earned the save by holding down the Bullpups over the last 3.0 innings.

In game four, Sickerson lead the Reps with a three-hit, three-RBI game, and Ty McGurran, Krieger, and Spiroff each had a pair of hits as the Reps pounded Spokane West Valley 20-1. Krieger, Spiroff, Steinmetz, Seth Barrett, and Keanan Horne each drove in two runs in the 16 hit Helena parade of hitters. Nik Jemmings was stellar on the mound to pick up the win, giving up one run on two hits over 4.0 innings. Craigle threw the final inning, striking out two of the three batters he faced.

On Sunday, Helena’s bats garnered 10 hits but they were unable to translate them into runs as the Reps fell to the Spokane Crew, 8-3. McGurran was 4-4 in the game, and Krieger and Koenig (solo home run) each had a pair of hits, but it wasn’t enough to capture a win. Steinmetz struggled on the mound over 3.2 innings in the loss, only allowing one hit but walking eight batters. Spiroff pitched the final 3.1 innings.

The 4-1 weekend moves Coach Jon Burnett’s club to 35-10 overall. They will next host a doubleheader with the Butte Muckers on Wednesday, July 5 starting at 5:30 p.m.