The Helena Senators were afflicted with the “dropsies” Tuesday night at Kindrick Legion Field, committing eight errors in a 7-6 loss to Butte.
After Helena came from behind to tie the game up at 5 in the bottom of the ninth to force the extra innings, Butte scored two in the top of the 11th to go up again, 7-5.
Marcus Madrazo led of the frame with a walk, and was sacrificed to second base by Braxton Henningson. After Trey Hoagland singled, Madrazo scored on Nate LeProwse’s ground ball fielder’s choice. Then Ryan Moodry singled and LeProwse advanced to third on a wild pitch. When Jared Haran grounded to shortstop, LeProwse plated another marker on the ensuing throwing error.
The Senators closed the gap to 7-6 in their last at bat when, with one out, Carter Pappas and Ryan Dorvall walked. Koby Griffin’s fielder’s choice advanced Carter to third, and he came home moments later on Danny Burton’s RBI single. Griffin went to third on the play, but then Butte pitcher Koby Doherty was able to induce a line-drive out to clinch the win.
“It was a tough defensive game for us; we just gave too many extra outs,” said coach Dave Thennis, whose Senators slip to 29-17 overall and 3-5 in conference play. “These guys will bounce back, though. “Riley (Pickens) was tough. He threw the ball really well and competed through some tough innings.”
The Mining City crew jumped out to an early 3-0 first inning lead, powered by Kilian O’Leary’s two-run homer that just cleared the left-field fence.
Butte padded the cushion to 5-0 after 5 1/2 innings, before the hosts rallied for three runs and moved to within 5-3.
The Senators scored in the seventh to get to 5-4, and then knotted the score in the ninth when Jackson Thennis doubled, advanced to third and then scored on back-to-back bunts by Carter and Dorvall.
Six of Butte’s seven runs were unearned.
“I like the fact that we battled back and had a chance to win the ballgame late,” the Helena skipper said. “We’ll get ready for Medicine Hat next.”
Helena outhit Butte 11-9, led by Nick Wrigg, who went 3 for 5 and stole two bases, and Burton, Kienan Stief and Thennis, with two hits apiece.
Hoagland, Moodry and Dylan McDonald (double) had two hits each for the Miners, while Haran finished with three RBIs.
Hoagland started on the mound for Butte and went 10 innings, with Doherty relieving in the 11th and getting the win.
Helena’s Riley Pickens started and worked nine frames, giving way to Kenny Wilson, who relieved the final two stanzas and took the hard-luck loss.
Next the Senators host Medicine Hat at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Kindrick Legion Field in the second game of a five-day home stand.
Butte 7, Helena 6
Butte – 302 000 000 02 – 7 9 2
Helena – 000 003 101 01 – 6 11 8
WP — Koby Doherty, LP – Kenny Wilson.
BUTTE — Hoagland 2-6, LeProwse 1-6, Moodry 2-6, Haran 0-5, O’Leary 1-6, McDonald 2-4, Hart 0-5, Madrazo 1-4, Henningson 0-4.
HELENA — Koby Griffin 1-6, Danny Burton 2-6, Payton Pappas 0-6, Nick Wrigg 3-5, Kienan Stief 2-5, Henry Bowers 0-5, Jackson Thennis 2-5, Carter Pappas 1-3, Ryan Dorvall 0-2.
2B — McDonald, Thennis; HR – O’Leray; RBIs – Haran 3, O’Leary 2, LeProwse, McDonald, Griffin, Burton, Payton, Wrigg, Stief, Dorvall.