HELENA — It wasn’t the prettiest game the Helena Senators will ever play, but the defending state champions got the job done with a 7-6 victory over the Missoula Mavericks on Wednesday night.
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Mike Hurlbert plated the game-tying and go-ahead runs in the home half of the sixth inning.
Trailing 6-5, the Senators advanced back-to-back walks into scoring position with heads-up base running. With one out and the infield in, Hurlbert sent a ball underneath the third baseman’s glove and into left field, scoring Eric Cockhill and Hunter Wallis.
In what was Helena’s fifth win of the season against Missoula and 10th overall, the Senators totaled more errors (five) than base hits (four). A pair of those errors nearly resulted in Helena’s undoing in the sixth inning.