BILLINGS — Chase Nielsen is one tall pitcher. And on Saturday afternoon at Dehler Park, he pitched like a giant.
The 6-foot-6, 205-pounder threw 92 pitches in a seven-inning complete game effort to lead the Helena Senators into the final day of competition at the State AA American Legion baseball tournament to be played Sunday at Dehler Park.
With Nielsen limiting the Billings Royals to four hits and the Senators scoring four runs in the third, Helena claimed a 6-0 victory in a loser-out contest.
“It feels great, especially knowing this is most likely the last start of my career,” said Nielsen, who fanned eight and walked two. “I’m a senior and not planning on playing in college and I figured I’d go out and give it all I’ve got.”
Senators' Chase Nielsen (12) pitches during the Senators' game against the Royals in the semifinal round of the American Legion Baseball Class AA State tournament at Dehler Park in Billings on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. MIKE CLARK Billings Gazette