Reps rally twice at Cloninger Classic

By Curt Synness, Helena IR |

The Helena Reps came from behind twice to go 2-0 at the Cloninger Classic Legion A Tournament Saturday, beating the Lethbridge Giants 13-9 and the Laurel Dodgers 13-12.

Against Lethbridge, the Reps fell behind 6-2 after three innings, but erupted for seven runs in the fifth to pull ahead 9-6.

The big inning was sparked by Ray Moore’s double and single, a double by Colin Sassano, and singles by Carter Wald, Andrew Rosston and Ryan Arntson.

Helena added four more tallies in the sixth, with Robert McCarvel’s RBI single scoring Talon Burchard for the Reps’ 10th turning out to be the deciding score.

Moore finished the night going 3 for 4, with two RBIs, while McCarvel drove in three runs. Teammates with two hits apiece were Sassano (RBI) and Wald (RBI). Arntson chipped in with a pair of RBIs.

“We started slow and had hard time scoring runs at first, but we kept telling ourselves to keep chipping away and get a couple at a time,” second baseman Colin Sassano said. “Then when we put up eight in the fifth, we had a lot of base runners and got some clutch hits.”

The Reps used four pitchers – Moore, Brett Jacobs, Eamonn Byrne and Kellan Elder – with Jacobs collecting the win.

Lethbridge outhit Helena 16-11, led by Blake Braun (3-3, double) and Torrin Vaselnek (2-4, double, three RBIs).

In the nightcap, which didn’t finish until 10:25 p.m., Helena scored eight runs in the fifth inning to overcome a 12-4 deficit.

Colin Sassano and Ray Moore drove in three runs apiece, and Isaiah Meza posted two RBIs. Moore (two doubles) and Sassano (double) had two hits apiece.

The Reps used five pitchers, with Brett Jacobs collecting the win.

Helena finished 3-1 in pool play and defeated Mission Valley 9-3 in the third place game.

Game 2 – Cloninger Classic

Lethbridge 105 001 2 – 9 162

Helena 200 074 x – 13 11 1

Kyle Bloor (4.2), Liam Leech (1.1); Ray Moore (3.0), Brett Jacobs (2.0), Eamonn Byrne (1.0), Kellan Elder (1.0). W – Jacobs, L – Bloor.

LETHBRIDGE – Wyatt Tomalty 2-3, Ty Penner 1-4, Torrin Vaselenek 2-4, Zach Goruk 2-5, Jack Jensen 2-4, Blake Braun 3-3, Zach Aos 2-4, Lucas Ankermann 0-2, Dalton Demers 2-4.

HELENA – Ryan Arntson 1-4, Colin Sassano 2-4, Ray Moore 3-4, Austin Whitehouse 0-4, Tanner McMahon 0-0, Brett Jacobs 0-1, Talon Burchard 0-0, Carter Wald 2-4, Robert McCarvel 1-2, Caleb Jackson 0-2, Andrew Rosston 1-1, Eamonn Byrne 1-4.

2B – Moore, Sassano, Vaselenek, Jensen, Aos, Braun; RBIs – McCarvel 3, Vaselenek 3, Arntson 2, Moore 2, Aos 2, Sassano, Wald, Rosston, Tomalty, Goruk, Jensen, Ankermann.

Game 3 – Cloninger Classic

Mission Valley 622 200 0 – 12 8 4

Helena 120 280 x 13 10 1

WP – Brett Jacobs, LP – Russ Matt.

MISSION – Kade Schutzmann 0-2, Micah McClure 1-4, Warren Wood 0-4, Bransen Krebs 1-4, Noah McDonald 2-2, Russ Malt 0-2, Jonah Burke 1-3, Beau Goldberg 0-1, Anthony Jones 1-1, Justin Young 1-3, Tyler Kelsch 0-1, Karsen Krebs 1-2, Bryant hales 0-1..

HELENA – Arntson 1-2, Tristan Siegers 0-1, Sassano 2-4, Andrew Rosston 0-0, Moore 2-4, Burchard 1-3, McMahon 1-3, McCarvel 1-3, Byrne 1-2, Isaiah Meza 1-3, Jackson 0-2, Austin Whitehouse 0-1, Brett Jacobs 0-1.

2B – Moore 2, McMahon, Sassano, Meza, McCarvel, Krebs, Young; 3B – Jones; RBIs – Sassano 3, Moore 3, Meza 2, McClure 2, B Krebs 2, McDonald 2, Jones 2, K Krebs 2, Burchard, McMahon, Jackson, Byrne, Young, Burke.