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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.

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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.

Curt Synness is on Twitter @curtsynness_IR and can be reached at curt.synness@lee.net or curt52synness@gmail.com


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