The Senators (13-10) found a lead early, but a seven-run fifth inning powered the Missoula Mavericks to a 7-5 win on Monday in Helena.
Kienan Stief doubled on a live drive in the first inning, bringing in a run and giving the Senators a one-run lead.
The two teams went scoreless until the fifth inning, where Missoula seized control. James Martin brought in a run for the Mavericks, and Clayton Frankine brought in another. Tradd Richardson upped the ante, singling and bringing in two runs. Spencer Schock grounded out, but also scored a run in the process. Drew Leonard the added another single to run, and Sam Bucy capped it off with a double for another run.
Conor McCarvel doubled in the seventh inning to keep the Senators hopes alive, scoring two runs, 7-3.
The Senators made one final go at it in the ninth inning, as Jacobs scored on a wild pitch, and then Taylor Carlson scored after a fielder’s choice.
Dylan Barkley and Nick Yovetich split pitching duty for the Mavericks, as Barkley got the start and gave up just three hits and one run while striking out six, while Yovetich allowed seven hits and four earned runs and had two strike outs.
The Senators countered with Carter Pappas and Tanner McMahan each pitching a little over four innings of work. Pappas allowed four hits and six runs. He had four strikeouts on the evening. McMahon fanned five while allowing five hits and one earned run.
Conor McCarvel and Ryan Arntson lead the Senators at the plate on the night, each with three hits a piece.
The Senators next play in Bozeman on Thursday and Friday.
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HLN 100 000 202 — 5 10 6