The Helena Senators split their two game at the Minnesota Tournament in the Twin Cities on Saturday. After a 4-1 loss to Wayzata (Plymouth, Minn.), the Helena Legion ballclub beat Mitchell, 7-4.
In the first tilt, Wayzata scored three runs in the opening inning, led 3-1 after after the Senators scored in the fourth, and then added an insurance tally in the fifth.
Montana's Capital City squad was limited to five hits, with Andrew Rosston and Jackson Maynard both going 2 for 3. Maynard drove in Rosston for Helena's only run. Senators' pitchers Tayler Carlson and Tanner McMahon combined to give up just six hits in the loss.
In the second game, Helena (23-21) was shutout over the first five frames, before erupting for three runs in the sixth, and four markers in the seventh inning. Sparking the offense were Kienan Stief, who went 3 for 4 with a double and two runs, and Kellan Elder, with a 2-run double. Payton Pappas also posted a pair of RBIs.
Senators' starting pitcher Brett Jacobs worked 5.2 innings for the win, scattering five hits and allowing two earned runs. Reliever Andrew Rosston got the save.
"We played excellent defensively all day today," coach Dave Thennis said. "Runs were tough to score in both games. First game we ran into tough pitching and in game two it just took us a bit to get comfortable. I like the effort from all the guys today."
-- Curt Synness