The Clackamas Cavaliers won the annual Keith Sell Invitational on Sunday, defeating the Bozeman Bucks 6-2 in the final at Kindrick Legion Field. The Oregon club, under the direction of coach John Arntson, posted an unbeaten 5-0 record during four days of competition. Arntson is the uncle of Helena Senators right fielder Ryan Arntson.
Placing third in the nine-team tourney was Columbia Basin (Ephrata, Wash.), with a 13-2 win over the Bitterroot Bucs in the consolation finals. Mount Vernon (Washington) finished fifth, beating Eastside Baseball (Kennewick, Wash.) 10-2.
The Helena Senators placed seventh with an 11-0 victory over Butte. Senators pitcher Keaton Ralston fired a one-hitter, with seven strikeouts and two walks.
"A nice win to end the tournament," said coach Dave Thennis, whose Senators suffered to close losses by a total of three runs during the the tournament. "Keaton was very good on the mound and we got some timely hits. And Ryan had a nice day with two doubles."
Austin Gerry's single broke up Ralston's no-hitter in the third inning. The Helena hurler retired the side in order in the second, third, fifth and sixth innings.
Colin Sassano, a versatile multi-sport athlete and last year's Earl Tucker Trophy winner as team batting champ, led Helena's 11-hit attack with three base knocks and three RBIs. Ray Moore Jr. also stroked three hits, including a double, while driving in two runs.
Arntson ripped a pair of two-baggers, scored twice and posted a couple of RBIs. Carter Pappas drove in two runs, and Conor McCarvel had a double and scored three runs.
Helena's Isaiah Meza was struck in the face by a pitched ball in the first inning, and was taken to the St. Peter's Hospital emergency room. There was no word on his condition at press time.