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Seniors, from left, Riley Pickens, Nick Wrigg, Chase Rook, Reilly Leary and Jack Shevalier. Photo by Gary Marshall, Blackfoot Media Group.

Senators hand out awards, HOF honors

By Curt Synness, Helena Independent Record |

The Helena Senators held their annual postseason awards banquet Tuesday at the Red Lion Colonial Inn, with center fielder Nick Wrigg coming away with three of the program’s most coveted honors.

Wrigg earned the Betty Cottingham Award as the team’s Most Valuable Player (taking into account citizenship, leadership and outstanding play), the Earl Tucker Trophy as team batting champion with a .388 average and the Dick Muffick Award for most the competitive player. He led the club in eight offensive categories and also set a team record with 13 triples.

The Ace Kindrick Award as the Senators’ top pitcher, based on a points system, was presented to Kenny Wilson.

Jackson Thennis received the Zach Murfitt Award as most inspirational, while Kienan Stief captured the Stanley Foote Award for the most improved/rookie of the year.

Prior to the awards ceremony, the second annual Senators Hall of Fame inductees were recognized. The new class — which included the late Bob Lightbody, the late Ken Schneider, Rob Starz, Steve Bennett and Austin LeSage — each received the Bob Morgan baseball print of Kindrick Legion Field.