An 11-run explosion in the sixth inning spurred the Helena Reps to an 18-4 win in six innings over Bitterroot Bucs at Florence, MT on Saturday.
Helena scored in the sixth on a two-run error, an RBI single by Tanner McMahon, a wild pitch, a fielder’s choice, an RBI single by Talon Burchard, a two-run single by Ray Moore, an RBI single by McMahon, and an RBI single by Carter Wald.
Burchard boosted his batting average thanks to a perfect 5-5 day at the plate to pace the Reps.
Moore recorded the win. He allowed four runs over five innings. He struck out three, walked three and surrendered six hits.
Braxton McCullough was the game’s losing pitcher. He allowed nine runs in five innings, walked one and struck out one.
Bitterroot jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second. But the game was never in doubt after the third, as Helena scored three runs on two singles.
After posting two runs in the fourth, the Reps again scored two in the fifth. In the fourth, Helena scored on a two-run single by Burchard, bringing home Austin Whitehouse and Eamonn Byrne.
The inning got off to a hot start when Andrew Rosston singled, plating Moore.
Game one: Bitterroot 3, Helena 0
Tristan Siegers had a strong outing on the mound, but the Reps lost 3-0 in seven innings at Florence, MT on Saturday, as the Reps offense came away with just two hits for the game.
The Bucs could only manage one hit off of Siegers, who allowed no earned runs, walked four and struck out two during his 3 2/3 innings of work.
Rees Lesoine recorded the win for Bitterroot. He tossed six innings of shutout ball. He struck out five, walked one and surrendered two hits. Closer Chance Sage put away the final three outs to record the save.
Siegers ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with the loss.