BOZEMAN — The Helena Senators continued their early-season development with a doubleheader spit with the Bozeman Bucks on Saturday at Heros Park.
The Bucks won the first game of the Class AA American Legion clash 7-5. Helena rallied at the end to make it close, and kept the momentum going in the second game. The Senators dominated that game 13-2.
A four-run sixth inning in the first game was the turning point for the Senators. They jumped out to a six-run first-inning lead in the second game and kept the offense going to the end.
Helena collected 19 hits on the day with 11 coming in the second game.
Ethan Keintz and Hunter Kirkpatrick had two hits in the first game, while Caden Sell, Hunter Lindgren, Rudy Barkley, Keintz and Kirkpatrick drove in runs.
Chase Neilson, Ty McGurran and Zach Spiroff had two hits each in the second game. Lindgren and Spiroff each drove in three runs in the game, and Barkley had two RBIs. Ryan Barrett scored three runs.
Kirkpatrick struck out five batters in four innings as the starting pitcher of the second game to pick up his first win of the season. Keintz pitched three innings of scoreless relief with two strikeouts. They allowed only four hits between them.
Six fielding and throwing errors were the main problem for the Senators in the first game, even though they kept up with the Bucks at the plate.
The Senators improved to 4-2 on the season. They've split two doubleheaders with Bozeman and have wins over Missoula and Gallatin Valley.
The play another road game Wednesday night at Missoula and return home on May 12 for two games with the Glacier Twins.
The Helena Reps lost both ends of their Class A doubleheader with the Bozeman Bucks on Saturday at Kindrick Legion Field.
Bozeman took the first game 8-4, but the Reps made it close in a 3-2 loss for the second game.
Tyler Tenney led the Reps in the first game with two hits. Matt Burton drove in two runs.
Judson Seliskar went 2-for-2 with an RBI in the second game, while Jack Marcille pitched five strong innings.