Keaton Ralston
Keaton Ralston

Senators split with Kalispell

By Curt Synness, Helena IR

The Helena Senators split a Class AA Legion baseball doubleheader with Kalispell on Tuesday, winning the opener 4-3 and then dropping the nightcap 9-3.

In the lid-lifter, with the score tied at 3-all, Helena’s Kellan Elder led off the top of the seventh inning with a single. He went to second base on a Conor McCarvel sacrifice bunt, before reaching third on Ryan Arntson’s groundout. Then Colin Sassano’s RBI single scored Elder with the go-ahead run.

Payton Pappas paced the Senators’ offense with three singles, while Kienan Stief jacked a two-run homer. Sassano banged a couple singles.

Tanner McMahon relieved Helena starter Keaton Ralston in the sixth frame, and allowed two hits and one unearned run in the last two innings for the win. Ralston worked five stanzas, scattering seven hits and permitting a pair of runs.

In the second tilt, the Lakers broke a 3-all tie after 3 1/2 innings, scoring three runs in the bottom of the fourth, one in the fifth and two more counters in the seventh.

Drew Scherer pitched the win, while Kalispell teammates Ryan Symmes had two hits, and Keenan Morisaki drove in the deciding run.

Helena (19-17) actually out-hit the Lakers 10-8 — led by Carlson (3 for 4), Payton (2 for 3, double) and Isaiah Meza (2 for 4) — but was hurt by five errors and 11 men left on base.

Starter Brett Jacobs was saddled with the loss, going 4 2/3 innings and giving up five hits and seven runs, five of which were unearned.

Last Saturday in Idaho, the Senators were edged by Coeur d’Alene, 3-2.


Helena – 010 002 1 — 4 10 2
Kalispell – 000 201 0 — 3 8 0

Keaton Ralston, Tanner McMahon (6); Dawson Smith, Johan Freudenburg (6). W – Mcmahon, L – Freudenburg.

Ralston allowed seven hits and two runs in five innings, McMahon gave up one hit and one unearned run.

HELENA — Conor McCarvel 1-3, Ryan Arntson 1-4, Colin Sassano 2-4, Kienan Stief 1-3, Ray Moore 0-3, Payton Pappas 3-3, Tayler Carlson 1-3, Carter Pappas 0-3, Jackson Maynard 1-2, Kellan Elder 0-0.

2B — Payton; HR – Stief; RBIs – Stief 2, Carlson, Sassano.



Helena – 000 300 0 — 3 10 5
Kalispell 030 312 x — 9 8 1

Brett Jacobs, Jackson Maynard (5); Sam Elliott, Drew Scherer (4).

HELENA (19-17) — McCarvel 1-4, Arntson 1-4, Sassano 0-3, Stief 1-3, Moore 0-4, Payton 2-3, Carlson 3-4, Isaiah Meza 2-4, carter Pappas 0-2.

2B — Payton; RBIs – Arntson, Sassaso, McCarvel