Andrew Rosston
Andrew Rosston. Photo by Troy Shockley, 406mtsports.com

Senators maul Medicine Hat

By Curt Synness, Helena Independent Record

Keaton Ralston fired a two-hit shutout, and Colin Sassano banged out four hits as the Helena Senators captured both ends of a Class AA doubleheader over Medicine Hat, 10-0 and 11-1, both 6-inning run-rule victories.

Helena improves to 26-22 on the year after sweep at Kindrick Legion Field on Wednesday.

In the curtain-raiser — which started 45 minutes late due to an umpire shortage — Ralston struck out four Moose batsmen, while walking three.

The Senators scored two runs in the first inning, five in the second, two in the fourth, and one marker in the sixth to end the game. Carter Pappas and Andrew Rosston posted two RBIs apiece, and Kienan Stief and Ray Moore Jr. both stroked a pair of hits. Stief had the game’s lone extra-base hit with a double.

In the nightcap, Sassano just missed hitting for the cycle, lacing a triple to the right-center gap and a double over the left fielder’s head, to go along with a couple singles. He and Moore led the RBI derby, driving in three runs each. Moore bashed a two-RBI triple to the left-center wall in the fifth, before being called out on an appeal play for missing first base.

Helena tallied one run each in the first and third frames, followed by four, three and two counters, respectively, over the final three innings.

Tayler Carlson started on the bump and pitched a complete game win, scattering seven hits. He lost his shutout in the sixth. The Canadians were hampered by nine errors on the day, while the home team committed just one miscue.

“Both guys, Keaton and Tayler, threw primarily fast balls and curve balls; and a few change-ups. Lots of strikes,” said Helena coach Dave Thennis. “It was a nice defensive night to go along with timely hitting.”