Senators rout Butte at Legg Tourney

Ron Balaskovitz For the Independent Record

BOZEMAN – The Helena Senators wasted no time getting the bats going  Wednesday against Butte at the Cody Legg Memorial Tournament.

The Senators jumped on the Miners in their first at-bat, sending 12 hitters to the plate in the bottom of the first. Nine straight batters reached base during the frame to tally eight runs on the way to the 12-0 win.

Butte starter Nate LeProwse retired the leadoff hitter but the Senators found their stroke over the next nine batters, with six singles and three walks.

Jackson Thennis and Kienan Stief had the big hits in the first for the Senators, with each recording a two-run single. Stief’s hit brought the first inning lead to 8-0.

Stief added an RBI-single in the third to finish with three RBIs.

The big first inning was more than enough for Helena starting pitcher Koby Griffin, who limited the Miners to just four hits over the full five innings.

The Senators added three more runs in the fourth thanks to the Butte defense, which committed three errors in the loss.

A dropped fly ball to right with two outs kept the inning alive, and allowed Helena to score three more times, bringing the game to its final margin.

Jared Haran, Dylan McDonald, Zach Hart and Koby Doherty had the hits for Butte, all singles.

“Good way to start the tournament,” Senators coach Dave Thennis said. “We took advantage of a couple mistakes in the first and made them pay for it. Koby (Griffin) pitched well, throwing a lot of strikes.”

The Senators continue tournament play today against Billings.