HELENA — The hardest hit ball of the night did not result in a base knock, but it lifted the Helena Senators past the Great Falls Chargers all the same.
The Helena Senators celebrate after a walk-off win. Photo by Jason Brent.
Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh, Ethan Keintz stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and two out. Facing a new relief pitcher, Keintz slapped a ball on the ground toward third base and moments later was engulfed by his teammates after a two-run throwing error allowed the Senators to walk-off by a score of 4-3.
“I struggled seeing the first pitcher,” Keintz said. “I was struggling picking up the ball out of his hand. They brought in the new guy and I felt like I was seeing it better off of him from the first pitch. I just got a ball to hit and hit it hard. Once I saw him field it, I just knew I had to run as hard as I could...All I saw was the first baseman lay out, and once I saw him lay out, I knew we had a chance. Then I saw the ball get by and I knew it was over. I just turned and was yelling.”