The Helena Senators are used to facing some of the top competition in Montana. The legion team squares off weekly with teams from Missoula to Billings, but Tuesday the Helena teens face a new challenge: Minor League athletes.
The Senators will take the diamond against the Helena Brewers in an exhibition game Tuesday evening, the first of its kind in the Capital City.
“It’s a little different. Thankfully we’ll be pitching our pitching against our hitters and their pitching against their hitters so that will even the playing field so to say,” said Senators head coach Dave Thennis. “I don’t think it would be real competitive the other way around.”
Tuesday’s game will pit the Senators, a group consisting of high school-age athletes, against up-and-comers in the Milwaukee organization. When the legion players aren’t in uniform for their own games, they hang around Kindrick Legion Field to watch athletes chase their dream of being called up to the majors. Playing against those athletes is a moment the Senators won’t soon forget.
“I think that’s what it’s all about,” Thennis said. “Our guys like to come and watch them practice. They like to be around to see their arm strength and athleticism. To be on the field with them will be a treat. It will be fun.”
Tuesday’s game isn’t just about the opportunity in Thennis’ eyes. He wants his team to enjoy the moment while gaining something from it as well.
“For us it’s a team building thing,” he said. “It’s a fun thing, it’s a memory thing and that comradery thing in baseball is so key. This is just one of those experiences that the kids get to share together and hopefully that’s money in the bank for us down the road.”
Opening pitch between the Senators and Brewers is slated for 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Kindrick Legion Field.