The Helena Senators won a pair of games at Kindrick Legion Field on Friday and remain unbeaten at 3-0 after two days of play at the Keith Sell Invitational Tournament.
The Senators beat the Class A Gallatin Valley Outlaws 18-2, and the Calgary Redbirds 4-1 in their most recent tourney action. The first two games at Kindrick saw Eastside (Washington) beat Butte 10-4, and Butte best Calgary 7-3.
The Senators are next slated to meet the Miners in Saturday’s fourth game, at 7 p.m.
Against Gallatin Valley, the hosts took an 8-2 lead into the top of the seventh inning. After the Outlaws got the first out, Helena pushed across nine runs and went up 17-2 before the Outlaws were able to register out No. 2 of the frame.
The Senators rapped 16 hits, led by Danny Burton (three runs) and Colin Sassano (three RBIs), with three base knocks apiece. Teammates with two hits and two RBIs each were Ryan Dorvall and Koby Griffin. Kienan Stief laced a two-run double over the left fielder’s head.
Tristan Siegers started on the rubber and got the win, giving up six hits in six innings, and allowing one earned run. He struck out seven and walked two. Eamonn Byrne relieved a hitless seventh frame.
In Game 2, Calgary jumped out to a 1-0, first-inning lead before Helena starter Carter Pappas shut out the Redbirds the rest of the way. He finished with a five-hitter, fanning two and allowing just one walk.
Pappas worked himself out of a couple of jams with two runners on: In the sixth when he fanned the third out, and the seventh, with a game-ending Stief-to-Sassano-to-Jackson Thennis (6-4-3) double play.
“Actually, the only run Carter gave up was a (runners on) first and third situation; otherwise he was control the whole time, despite not having his best stuff,” said coach Dave Thennis, whose Senators improve to 20-15.
Redbirds pitcher Brady Wilson kept the home team off the scoreboard for five innings, before the Senators mounted a four-run effort in the sixth.
Helena batted through the order, with Dorvall’s two-run single to left highlighting the scoring. Koby Griffin reached on an error, while Byrne, Thennis and Ray Moore each singled, and Sassano was plunked by a pitch.
Dorvall wound up with three hits, including a booming triple that crashed off the right-field fence. And for the second game in a row, Stief laced shot over the left fielder’s head for another double.
“I think what I’m happiest about is the mental part of how the guys regrouped after that blowout against GVO, when it’s easy to gear down, came back and were ready to play tough right away against Calgary,” Dave Thennis said.
Helena 103 301 (10) — 18 14 0
GVO 100 001 0 — 2 7 6
Tristan Siegers, Eamonn Byrne (7); Noah Young, Michael Jones (2), Emry Olsztyn (2), Kyler Elliott (7). W – Sigers, L – Olsztyn.
HELENA — Danny Burton 3-5, Ryan Dorvall 2-4, Colin Sassano 3-5, Koby Griffin 2-4, Kienan Stief 1-5, Payton Pappas 1-5, Jackson Maynard 1-5, Ray Moore 1-3, Tanner McMahon 0-4.
GVO — Denver Fields 0-3, Elliott 1-4, Muchael Nehring 2-3, Young 0-0, Daniel Davies 0-2, Jones 0-3, Olsztyn 1-3, Brandon Hulit 0-3, Elias Dominguez 1-3, Thomas Carlson 1-1, Ryan Murphy 1-1.
2B — Stief; 3B – Elliott; RBIs – Sassano 3, Stief 3, Dorvall 2, Payton 2, Burton, Maynard, Moore, Olsztyn.
Helena 000 004 0 — 4 8 2
Calgary 100 000 0 — 1 5 2
Carter Pappas; Brady Wilson. W – Carter, L – Wilson.
HELENA (20-15) — Burton 0-2, Dorvall 3-3, Sassano 0-3, Griffin 0-4, Stief 1-3, Henry Bowers 1-3, Jackson Thennis 1-2, Moore 1-3, Maynard 0-2, Byrne 1-1.
CALGARY — Malana 1-3, Robbins 1-3, Tecklenburg 0-3, Lawson 1-3, Wilson 1-3, Zarowny 0-3, Leavitt 0-2, Taylor 1-3, Logan 0-3.
2B — Stief; 3B – Dorvall; RBIs – Dorvall 2, Thennis, Maynard