BUTTE — The Helena Senators continued their mastery of the Butte Miners this season with an offensive barrage Tuesday afternoon at Copper Mountain Park.
The visiting Senators racked up 20 hits, had seven players with multiple hits, and scored at least one run in each of the final five innings for a 14-4, 7-inning victory over the host Miners, driving their record to 7-1 against the Mining City this season.
“You give up (20) hits and you’re not going to win many games,” Miners manager Jeff LeProwse said. “You have to give Helena credit; we gave them a couple here and there with a couple stupid errors and a couple walks but, man, (20) hits, you have to give them credit.”
Senators shortstop Kienan Stief led the way for the Senators by driving in five, three coming on a home run in the third that gave the Senators the lead for good, while Colin Sassano finished with four hits and two RBIs. Koby Griffin and Payton Pappas each had three hits, while Griffin and Sassano each scored three runs.
The Miners actually scored the first run of the game with a two-out hit in the bottom of the second after evading a pair of Senators threats in their first two at-bats.
Singles from Quin Summers and Ax Henningsen put two on around a pair of fly-outs and brought Renzy Doherty to the plate. Doherty delivered a looper to center just beyond the second baseman to score Summers for a 1-0 Miners lead.
Summers also added a double, while Doherty and Trey Hoagland each finished with two hits for Butte.
But the lead was short-lived as the Senators broke through in a big way in the third.
With one out, Griffin and Sassano recorded back-to-back singles to bring Stief to the plate. Stief then delivered a shot to left that, with the help of a strong wind blowing out, carried beyond the fence for a 3-run home run and a 3-1 Helena lead. The Senators never trailed again.
“Big day, he hit the ball hard,” Senators manager Dave Thennis said of Stief. “He’s been pretty solid for us all year, so I’m not surprised, but it was a nice day for him.”
Helena stretched its lead to 7-1 in the fourth with a four run inning thanks to five straight singles. Sassano drove in the first run with his, Stief then followed with a knock that plated two for his fourth and fifth RBIs, before Ray Moore singled home the final run of the inning.
“We’ve been playing well and swinging the bats well,” the Senators skipper added. “Guys are aggressive, especially in counts that are in our favor. We were able to string some things together and put together a couple big innings, and that’s the name of the game.”
That proved plenty for Helena starter Ryan Dorvall (7-1) who scatted eight hits, gave up two earned runs, and didn’t walk or strikeout a batter in the complete game win. Outside of the Miners’ three-hits in the second, Dorvall held Butte to five hits and had three 1-2-3 innings.
“We’ve got to get better at the plate,” LeProwse said. “We’ve got to consistently get the ball down and hit it hard, and we’re just not doing that right now.”
The Senators added another run in the fifth on an RBI single from Eamon Byrne, then Butte tried to get back into the game.
Dyllan Lane led-off the bottom of the fifth by reaching on an error, with one out Doherty beat out an infield single to advance Lane to third. Trey Berger bounced out to third to bring home Lane, then Trey Hoagland singled up the middle to score Doherty, cutting the lead to 8-3.
But that momentum was short-lived as the Senators answered Butte’s pair with five runs in the sixth to put the game out of reach for good. The Senators sent 11 hitters to the plate in the frame, collecting five hits and getting the help of two Butte errors. Sassano and Payton Pappas had RBI singles in the frame.
Butte scored its final run on a Lane bounce-out in the bottom of the sixth to make it 13-4, but the Pappas singled home another run in the seventh and Dorvall kept the Miners off the scoreboard in the bottom of the frame for the final margin.
“Ryan Dorvall pitched very well and we had several hitters drive in runs,” Thennis said. “Having a good day in Butte is a not the easiest thing to do, but the guys did it.”
Helena 003 415 1xx — 14 20 2
Butte 010 021 0xx — 4 8 3
Ryan Dorvall and Carter Pappas; Quin Summers, Trey Hoagland (4) and Ryan Moodry. W – Dorvall, L – Summers.
HELENA – Danny Burton 2-4, Koby Griffin 3-5, Colin Sassano 4-5, Kienan Stief 3-5, Ray Moore 2-5, Jackson Thennis 2-5, Payton Pappas 3-5, Carter Pappas 0-3, Eamonn Byrne 1-3.
2B – Jackson Thennis, Payton Pappas, Koby Griffn; Quin Summers. HR – Kienan Stief. RBIs – Stief 5, Colin Sassano 2, P. Pappas 2, Ray Moore, Eamon Byrne; Dyllan Lane, Renzy Doherty, Trey Berger, Trey Hoagland.