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Quinn Belcher. Jason Brent, Zoom Action Photography

Senators advance over Alaska at Regionals

By Daniel Shepard Independent Record, 08/05/21, 3:45PM MDT


Helena Senators 13, Eagle River (Alaska) 0

GILLETTE, WY - It is safe to say Helena found its fire. A day after looking out of sorts offensively, the Senators bounced back in a big way, keeping their season alive with a 13-run outburst against the Wolves from Alaska.

Quinn Belcher. Jason Brent, Zoom Action Photography

Quinn Belcher. Jason Brent, Zoom Action Photography

Helena’s regional win is its first since 2001.

“A lot of internalization with the players (in the last 24 hours),” Senators head coach Jon Burnett said. “They had to dig deep and figure out if they wanted to be here, wanted to be playing. We had a good team meeting last night. Listened to each of the players and they all got it out. They wanted to keep playing and play one more day with each other. They came out and showed it today.”

Facing elimination, Helena lined base knocks all over Hladky Memorial Stadium on Thursday. Tyler Tenney singled three times in the middle innings, plating four runs and scoring an additional three.

“I was seeing (the ball) pretty good,” Tenney said. “I was looking fastball, if they gave it to me I was trying to drive it. I think early on I got a lot of off-speed, so I sat back and tried to put it in play with runners in scoring position.”