The Helena Reps took two games from the Kalispell Lakers on Saturday, May 9, completing a four game home-and-home sweep.
Kalipell vs Helena, game one
In game one, Eamonn Byrne, Ray Moore, Colin Sassano, and Isaiah Meza each gathered two hits, and Carter Wald reached base three times, helping the Reps to a 7-2 victory over the Lakers in Helena.
Kalispell’s lineup had no answer for winning pitcher Talon Burchard. Burchard gave up just two hits, allowed one earned run, walked three and struck out two during his five innings of work.
Jonas Nyman was the game’s losing pitcher. He allowed seven runs in six innings, walked two and struck out none.
The Reps never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring on an RBI double by Moore.
Helena tacked on another five runs in the second. Byrne and Wald both singled, and Ryan Arntson singled, scored them both. Arntson then stole second, and that was followed up by Moore’s single, scoring Arntson.
Byrne closed out the game on the mound, pitching the final two innings.
Kalipell vs Helena, game two
In game two, the Reps beat Kalispell 10-3. Helena never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring one run on a sacrifice fly by Moore.
Tanner McMahon kept contact to a minimum, striking out six Lakers batters. McMahon allowed two earned runs, seven hits and no walks over six innings.
Helena brought home four runs in the fourth inning, and matched that run total in the sixth. In the fourth, the Reps brought home three runs on an error in right, scoring Kellan Elder, Arntson and Burchard. Andrew Rosston hit an RBI double as well. Helena scored four more runs in the sixth on a two-run single by Moore and an RBI single by Seth Schneider.
It was a good day at the plate for Arntson, who went 3-4, stole three bases, and scored three runs.
Brooks Krause was the game’s losing pitcher. He lasted just three innings, walked three, struck out none, and allowed two runs.
Wald closed out the game for the Reps on the mound in the seventh.
Note: (Stats coming later in the week)