BILLINGS — The Helena Senators channeled Ernie Banks with a twist on Thursday at the Class AA American Legion baseball state tournament.
The second-seeded Senators earned an 8-2 win over the No. 3 Kalispell Lakers. Helena (36-15) played the second-round game at two ballparks, used two pitchers and ended the scoring with a two-run home run. Not quite what former MLB star Banks meant when he proclaimed, “Let’s Play Two,” but it was a positive number for the Senators on Thursday.
Thursday’s game began at 4 p.m. under sunny skies at Dehler Park. The Senators trailed 2-1 going into the bottom of the fourth inning, where they scored twice to take a one-run lead.
The Helena Senators' Hunter Lindgren (17) celebrates his home run with his teammates during their game against the Kalispell Lakers in the second round of the Class AA American Legion baseball state tournament at Pirtz Field on Thursday. MIKE CLARK, Bill