HELENA — The Helena Senators swept a conference doubleheader against the Lethbridge Elks on Saturday to improve their win streak to a nice, round number that represents the longest such streak in program history, according to Helena Independent Record columnist and sports historian Curt Synness.
Let’s take a look at some numbers that stand out from this five-week long streak:
1 walk-off. Eric Cockhill tripled with one out in the seventh to tie the game and Mike Hurlbert did the same with a sacrifice fly an inning later. Trysten Mooney, who singled to lead-off extras, then scored on wild pitch to send fans home happy on July 2. Helena remained undefeated in Keith Sell Tournament pool play with the win and captured a second consecutive tournament championship two days later.
2 one-run games. June 25 against the ETC Knights as part of a tournament in Elkhorn, Nebraska, and the aforementioned walk-off against the Calgary Bucks on July 2.
3 players hitting .400-plus. Plenty of numbers on this list show the offensive prowess of the Senators, and Trysten Mooney, Mike Hurlbert and Walker Bennett have been at the forefront of that. Mooney and Hurlbert are each hitting north of .450 since June 11, while Bennett is 21-for-48 (.438) with a 1.000 OPS.
Helena Senators infielder Mike Hurlbert (#4) celebrates a play during a conference game against the Billings Royals on June 10. Gary Marshall, BMGphotos.com