Powered by the bats of Kienan Stief, Ryan Arntson and Colin Sassano, along with Brett Jacobs’ arm, the Helena Senators run-ruled the Billings Scarlets on Saturday afternoon, 15-2 in seven innings at Kindrick Legion Field.
The win gives the Senators a sweep of the two-game Class AA Legion baseball series, while improving the Helena club’s record to 16-13 on the year.
The home team banged out 17 hits, as Stief went 4 for 5 with three RBIs, Sassano drove in four runs with two doubles, and Arntson went 3 for 4 and also posted four RBIs.
Jacobs started on the hill and worked six innings for the win, allowing six hits, striking out four and walking two. Tanner McMahon relieved the final, scoreless stanza.
“Hitting is contagious; we had everyone hit today — lots of great offensive stuff,” Senators coach Dave Thennis said. “But most importantly, we had another error-free day. Pitching and defense have been excellent this weekend.”
After Billings scored two runs in the top half of the first — their only scores of the day — the local nine answered right back with three markers in their half of the inning. It turned out to be the deciding factor, although Helena tacked on 12 more: Two in the second, four in the third, five in the fourth, and a final tally in the fifth frame.
Ray Moore Jr. also got in the fun, driving two high flies for doubles to deep left field. The first of those just missed being a homer, banging off the fence about halfway up. He finished with a pair of RBIs. Jackson Maynard (RBI) and Payton Pappas (double, RBI) stroked a couple base knocks apiece, as well.
The Scarlets were led by Cole Kramer’s two hits, with a double and an RBI. Brayden Huppert took the loss on the mound for the visitors.