HELENA — Sunday, in a lot of ways, was the Hunter Bratcher show. The left-hander tossed five shutout innings and earned the win in the Helena Senators’ 2-0 victory over Great Falls, just to turn around and go 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored in Game 2 of a Mother’s Day doubleheader against the Chargers, a game Helena won 11-4.
On a cold and blustery spring day, Bratcher had his breaking ball working. He paired that with a fastball he was able to spot on both sides of the plate.
He froze Great Falls’ Trigg Mapes to end the first and struck out three-straight batters spanning the second and third innings before racking up Mapes again on strikes to begin the fourth.
“Arm was feeling really good,” Bratcher said. “We threw a lot of fastballs – just trying to hit my spots…The curveball was definitely feeling good. It had good movement and I was feeling confident with placement today, for sure.”
Bratcher got ahead 0-1 to 15 of the 19 batters he faced Sunday. He scattered just three hits and three walks across five innings, while striking out seven and failing to allow a run.