HELENA -- A sun-splashed evening at Kindrick Legion Field was the backdrop for an 11-2 Helena Senators win over the Great Falls Chargers. It improves Helena to 6-0 over their conference foe and means the Senators have out-scored Great Falls 54-19 in those contests.
Helena Senators infielder Tyler Tenney looks to make contact with a pitch during Wednesday's game against Great Falls. Gary Marshall, BMGphotos.com
Despite the score and lack of errors, it was not the cleanest game for Helena. Cy Miller pitched out of numerous jams and walked five batters over five innings of work. The Senators had some difficulty with a bunt play or two and mishandled a relay that helped the Chargers establish a 2-0 lead in the middle innings.
“Cy wasn’t as sharp as we had hoped, but he pitched his way out of some jams,” Senators head coach Jon Burnett said. “[We] just didn’t play great. Didn’t play great defense there and they got a couple runs out of it. Mistakes at this point in the year give us things to work on in practice. Instead of just thinking we’re rolling, they give us something to focus on.”
The contest was a pitcher’s duel into the middle innings that saw both teams stuck on one hit as opposing southpaws exchanged zeros on the scoreboard. Helena’s lone hit through the game’s first five frames was a lead-off single from Matt Burton in the first inning.