For the second day in a row, the Helena Senators split a pair of games in the Minnesota Tournament. The Senators first routed Andover 10-1 in 5-1 innings on Sunday, before being shaded by Prior Lake 4-3, in Minneapolis.
Helena's Carter Pappas started on the hill in the first contest, and worked 4 innings of six-hit ball, allowing one run, while striking out six and walking just one. Twin brother Payton Pappas relieved the scoreless fifth, giving up a hit, for the save.
Ray Moore Jr. and Andrew Rosston each banged a couple hits and drove in three runs apiece for the Senators. Jackson Maynard and Kellan Elder both had two RBIs. Kienan Stief scored three runs.
In the second tilt, Helena fell behind 4-1 after four frames, but rallied back with two tallies in the fifth to close within one.
The Senators out-hit their counterparts 8-7, with Payton Pappas, Rosston and Maynard each posting RBIs.
Moore started and gave up six hits and three runs, one unearned, in three innings. He whiffed three and permitted one base on balls. Payton relieved the final two innings, giving up one hit and one unearned run in the hard-luck loss.
"The kids played their asses off this weekend," said coach Dave Thennis, whose Senators stand two games over .500, at 24-22. "Three and one with an opportunity for a fourth."
-- Curt Synness