In the bottom of the eighth inning with two outs at Kindrick Legion Field on Friday, the Helena Senators were clinging to a slim, one-run lead over the Great Falls Chargers.
Helena’s Carter Pappas stood on second base, having reached on a base on balls, and advancing on Isaiah Meza’s ground-out. Next, teammates Conor McCarvel and Eamonn Byrne followed with back-to-back RBI singles for a 5-2 cushion.
And then when reliever Tanner McMahon held Great Falls to a single run in the top of the ninth, Helena clinched a 5-3 Class AA Legion victory. The Senators improve to 27-22 on the year.
Hometown starter Brett Jacobs worked 6.0 innings, scattering six hits and permitting just one run, for the win. McMahon got the save, striking out three in three frames.
Chargers’ reliever Alan Larocque was saddled with the loss.
McCarvel, Byrne and Ray Moore, Jr., paced the Senators’ offense, with two hits apiece. Moore and Payton Pappas each produced an RBI, with Pappas lacing a double.
Great Falls out-hit the hosts 10-8, led by Wyatt Bleskin’s three hits.
“Brett and Tanner both made some critical pitches tonight,” Helena coach Dave Thennis said, “and we got a few timely hits, especially late, from Conor and Eamonn.”