HELENA — The throw from Glacier’s second baseman skipped by first base and rolled somewhere to the right of the visiting dugout. That throw, after more than two hours and six innings of back-and-forth baseball, lifted the Helena Senators past the Twins 7-6 to cap off the second night of the Keith Sell Tournament.
Helena Senators' Quinn Belcher celebrates after scoring a run during the Keith Sell Tournament on Saturday. Gary Marshall, BMGphotos.com
Since the fourth inning, the game had been tied at 6-6. With the help of two sparkling plays from Michael Hurlbert in the top of the sixth, it stayed that way for Helena to walk it off in the home half.
“They had gotten us out of a jam executing some pitches,” Senators head coach Jon Burnett said. “Mike had a couple great plays there -- the play at home and then started the double play to Ty[ler Tenney]. Those were big, huge defensive plays to give us a chance to win it there at the end.”
Hunter Bratcher replaced Victor Scott on the mound in the sixth, and after an intentional walk, was staring down a no-out, bases loaded situation. Pushing up against the 2-hour time limit for the tournament, the sixth inning was slated to be the final frame of the contest, making what happened next all that more pivotal.