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The Helena Senators dropped both ends of a doubleheader against Spokane on the road Friday, losing the opener 10-4, before being edged in the nightcap in nine innings, 8-7.

After playing to a 5-all draw during regulation in the second tilt, Helena (18-15) pushed across a pair of runs in the top of the ninth, for a 7-5 lead. But Spokane plated three runs in the last at-bat for the sweep.

The Senators were outhit 17-15 in the slugfest. Ryan Arntson went 4 for 5 to pace the Capital City nine's offense. Colin Sassano (four runs) and Kienan Stief both knocked three hits, while Eamonn Byrne chipped in with two base raps. Payton Pappas stroked a double and posted two RBIs.

Jackson Maynard was saddled with the mound loss. Helena starter Brett Jacobs worked three innings, allowing one run on three hits.

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Helena temporarily led the curtain-raiser 2-1 after 2 1/2 innings, until Spokane reeled off four runs in the bottom of the third for a 5-2 advantage. Spokane built a 7-3 cushion after five innings of play, and then put up a 3-spot in the sixth to salt the game away.

Stief (two RBIs), Conor McCarvel and Tanner McMahon (three runs) posted two hits apiece for the Senators. Stief fininshed with five hits on the day. Andrew Rosston banged a double. Payton Pappas sustained the loss on the mound.

-- Curt Synness

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