HELENA — Tyler Tenney went the distance on the mound and the Helena Senators plated six runs in the third inning to roll past the Great Falls Chargers 9-2 on Friday. Helena improved to 7-0 against Great Falls this season and picked up its first victory in pool play of the 26th annual Keith Sell Tournament.
Tenny struggled to find his stuff early, allowing two runs on three hits to the visiting Chargers in the first inning. In six innings after that, however, the right-hander gave up just three additional hits and fired nearly 59 percent strikes in the complete game.
“He was up in the zone [early],” Senators head coach Jon Burnett said. “His off-speed wasn’t quite as sharp as it was later in the game and they hit the ball well in those first couple innings. Defense helped him out in the second inning and Ty settled in and done what he’s done for us all year. Just pounded that strike zone and gave us a chance to win.”
Helena Senators infielder Michael Hurlbert makes a throw to first base during a game against Great Falls in the Keith Sell Tournament on Friday. Gary Marshall, BMGphotos.com