When the final out of Tuesday’s state tournament semifinal game found the back of Tycen Mooney’s glove at third base, Senators pitcher Lance Bratlien turned to his first-base dugout and let out a, ‘let’s go’ yell full of pure emotion.
It was the final moments of an outcome 90 minutes in the making, one ensured by Bratlien’s brilliance.
Helena was locked into the state championship game no matter Tuesday’s outcome, but the victory means the Billings Scarlets have to beat the Senators twice on Championship Wednesday.
Helena is only one win away from a second state title in the last three years.
Helena Senators right-hander Lance Bratlien scattered two hits and four walks across seven innings in a complete game shutout of the Great Falls Chargers on Tuesday at the 2023 Class AA Legion Baseball State Tournament. Mark Bennett