HELENA — The Helena Senators scored in each of the first five innings, and seven of eight overall, banged out 12 hits and beat the Missoula Mavericks 12-2 on Wednesday night at Kindrick Legion Field. Helena improves to 8-4 on the season, dropping Missoula to 6-9.
Helena Senators infielder Forrest Suero applies a tag to a Missoula baserunner during Wednesday night's game. Gary Marshall, BMGphotos.com
A combined 14 errors, seven by each team, filled the error column of the box score on a night when the baseball was leaving bats with pace. Three times in the first five frames, the Senators capitalized on the Mavericks’ miscues, helping the home team build a 6-0 advantage in the early-going.
“Defensively, it was a pretty weird game,” Senators head coach Jon Burnett said. “A lot of errors were just balls in guys’ gloves that they didn’t squeeze it on. Pitching was great. I thought our offense is coming around, we hit the ball well, had good approaches.”