HELENA -- Due to bad weather on the horizon, the Helena Senators took part in the championship game of the Heroes Park Invitational Tournament in Bozeman Saturday night, a game that was supposed to take place Sunday, and Helena won, defeating a team from Yakima 23-3 to bring home the championship.
A two-run double from Caden Sell sparked a three-run first inning for the Senators, who quickly built a 9-0 advantage after three against the Yakima Pepsi Beetles.
Then, an incredible 14-run fourth put the game on ice and ended it after that inning because of the run rule. Hunter Lindgren got the win on the mound for the Senators, going four innings and allowing just three runs.
Offensively for Helena, it was a hitter's paradise. Nine different players drove in at least one run, while nine different Senators scored and eight managed at least one hit.
Chase Nielsen was among those who had a big day at the plate, notching three hits and three RBIs. Matt Burton matched him with three hits; Ethan Keintz, Tyler Tenney, Matt Krieger and Trysten Mooney each had multiple hits and runs batted in as Helena totaled 16 hits.
It was the fourth consecutive win for the Senators, who opened the tournament with a loss to Idaho Falls on Thursday.
Next up: Clackamas (Oregon) at Helena, 7 p.m. June 29.
Helena Reps roundup
The Class A Legion Helena Reps have also been busy this week, with games Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Helena at the annual Cloninger Classic at Kindrick Legion Field. Over the weekend, the Reps posted a record of 3-0-1.
On Thursday, the Reps played host to the Great Falls Lightning and used a seven-run third to grab control, before going on to win 10-2. Judson Seliskar posted two hits and three RBI in the win. Mike Hurlbert got the win after allowing two runs in five innings of work. He allowed six hits and struck out two.
On Friday night, Helena took on the Tri-County Cardinals and played the fellow Legion A club to a 9-9 tie. Helena had a 3-1 lead but seven runs in the top of the fourth by Tri-County quickly changed that. Helena then trailed by two in the sixth, when Seliskar ripped a two-run single to tie things up at 9-9, which is how the game, as part of the tournament, would end.
Helena battled the Livingston Braves Saturday night and scored eight runs combined, in the fourth and fifth innings, to win the game 9-1. It was called after five due to the run rule.
Hunter Wallis, Drew Kaizer and Hunter Bratcher all managed two hits each in the win for Helena. Greyson Ahmann got the win on the mound.
The Reps closed out the tournament unbeaten after knocking off the Class A Kalispell Lakers 10-2 Sunday afternoon. Tycen Mooney had two hits, a double a three RBI in the win. Bratcher got the win on the mound for Helena after allowing just two runs in five innings of work. He also stuck out five batters.
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