HELENA — Plenty of wind and chilly conditions did not stop the Helena Senators and Great Falls Voyagers from getting together for an evening of exhibition baseball inside Kindrick Legion Field.
Andre Goebel, the four-year-old son of Helena Senators assistant coach Al Goebel, served as the team's bat boy during Thursday night's exhibition game against the Great Falls Voyagers. Photo by Brett Penner
Voyager pitchers and catchers pitched to Voyager batters and Senators players fielded balls in play. The sides flipped when Helena came to bat.
Not that the score will be entered into any record book, but Senators hitters pushed across four runs on eight hits in the seven-inning exhibition to Great Falls’ two runs and seven hits.
“I think it’s great,” Voyagers head coach Tommy Thompson said of the scrimmage. “We got to get on a bus, we got to play some live competition. This legion team is exceptionally good and we got to work on some things. We got to see some live pitching. Our pitchers, who did extremely well, got to play under the lights. Very positive for us. I think it’s positive for Helena…I think it was a great night of baseball.”
The Voyagers, who participate in the Pioneer League, open their season on Wednesday. Thursday night’s exhibition kicked off a slate of four scrimmages Great Falls will play leading up to Opening Day that culminate in a Sunday exhibition with the Great Falls Chargers American Legion team.