The Laurel Dodgers ended the Helena Reps season at the Class A State American Legion Tournament in a back-and-forth battle, with the Dodgers coming out on top 4-3.
After Laurel jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first, Helena got on the board in the third. Ryan Arntson singled and stole second, and after Carter Wald sacrificed him to third, he scored on an RBI groundout by Colin Sassano.
In the sixth, Arntson again came up big with an RBI single to plate Tanner McMahon to knot the game at two. Laurel jumped to the lead again, and Helena tied it at three all on an RBI single by Robert McCarvel, scoring Sassano.
But Laurel moved ahead on a wild pitch by Tristan Siegers in the bottom of the seventh, and the game ended in a 4-3 Dodgers win.
The Reps outhit the Dodgers 13 to 6, with McCarvel going 4-5, Sassano 3-5, and Arntson 3-5. But the Dodgers were able to get outs in key situations.
Siegers was stellar on the mound, throwing 6.2 innings, striking out five while giving up five hits. He got the loss for Helena. Andrew Rosston pitched the scoreless final 1.1 innings.
The loss closes coach Jon Burnett’s Reps record at 44-17, after qualifying for the state tournament for the first time since 2003.
Helena – 001 001 100 — 3 13 3
Laurel – 200 001 10x — 4 6 2
W – Brenden Cellmer (7.0). S – Chase Feller (2.0). L – Tristan Siegers (6.2). Andrew Rosston (1.1).
Helena – Ryan Arntson 3-5 , Carter Wald 0-3, Colin Sassano 3-5, Ray Moore 1-5, Robert McCarvel 4-5, Isaiah Meza 1-4, Tanner McMahon 1-3, Austin Whitehouse 0-2, Seth Schneider 0-1, Eamonn Byrne 0-4.
Laurel – Carson Hoke 2-5, Trevor Meier 1-3, Mason O’Donnell 1-2, Dawson Cortese 0-3, Daniel Stamper 1-3, Kade Osborne 1-4, Bryson McGann 0-3, Karson Zeiler 0-3, Bridger Haffey 0-0, Chase Feller 0-4
2B: Osborne. RBI: Arntson, Sassano, Meier, Stamper. SAC: McMahon, Wald. SB: Ryan Arntson, Robert McCarvel 2, Carson Hoke, Karson Zeiler, Mason O’Donnell, Daniel Stamper 3, Bryson McGann 2. HBP: Meier, Haffey, O’Donnell 2, Stamper, Cortese.