The Helena Reps managed a split with the Deer Lodge Wranglers in a pair of Class A Southern District Conference games on Sunday, dropping a close game one 9-8 before storming back to a 12-8 comeback win in game two.
In game one, the Reps scored four in the top of the seventh inning, as Helena’s Ty McGurran laced a pinch-hit, three-run triple to tie the game at 8 each, before Deer Lodge’s Logan Beck hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the inning to win the game. Offensively, the Reps were led by Carter Wald, Andrew Rosston, and Tayler Carlson, each with two hits a piece, and Kellan Elder added a double. Keaton Ralston, Nik Jemmings, and Brett Jacobs teamed up on the mound with Jacobs taking the loss.
In game two, the Reps fell behind 6-2 with Deer Lodge’s big six-run second inning, which included a grand slam by the Wranglers’ Derek Walker. But Helena clawed their way back into the game, trailing 8-7 heading into the final frame before exploding for five runs. Grady Koening‘s two-out bases-loaded walk was the deciding run, giving Helena the lead for good.
Carter Wald again had an exceptional game at the plate, pacing the Reps with three hits and three runs scored. Rosston (double, triple, 2 RBI), McGurran (double, 3 RBI), and Talon Burchard (3 RBI) each contributed two hits each, and Caeden Suero (triple) and Riley Chisholm (double, 2 walks) had nice days at the plate as well. Jacobs threw five innings for the Reps on the mound before giving way to Chisholm in the sixth. Chisholm threw two shutout innings of one hit ball to capture the win on the hill for Helena.
The split moves coach Jon Burnett‘s Reps to 28-8 on the season and 11-2 in conference play. Helena will next host the Livingston Braves on Wednesday at 7:00 PM at Kindrick Legion Field for one 9-inning conference game.
REPS – 201 010 4 – 8 10 2
DRLG – 310 040 1 – 9 10 3
HELENA: Kellan Elder 1-5, Carter Wald 2-5, Talon Burchard 0-5, Andrew Rosston 2-3, Tayler Carlson 2-4, Caeden Suero 1-2, Conor McCarvel 1-4, Gabe Dalbec 0-2, Ty McGurran 1-1, Riley Chisholm 0-2
2B: Elder. 3B: McGurran
RBI: McGurran 3, Suero 2, Carlson
HBP: Chisholm 2, Suero
SB: Riley Chisholm
Pitching: Keaton Ralston (3.0), Nik Jemmings (3.0), Brett Jacobs (0.0). L – Jacobs.
REPS – 201 310 5 – 12 13 1
DRLG – 060 110 0 – 8 9 3
HELENA: Ty McGurran 2-5, Carter Wald 3-4, Andrew Rosston 2-5, Tayler Carlson 0-2, Caeden Suero 1-1, Talon Burchard 2-4, Conor McCarvel 1-3, Riley Chisholm 1-2, Keanan Horne 0-2, Kellan Elder 0-1, Gabe Dalbec 0-1, Grady Koenig 1-3
2B: Rosston, Chisholm, McGurran. 3B: Rosston, Suero
RBI: Ty McGurran 3, Talon Burchard 3, Rosston 2, Carlson, Koening, Wald.
Sac Bunt: Wald.
Sac Fly: Carlson.
Pitching: Jacobs (5.0), Chisholm (2.0). W – Chisholm.