HELENA – You can never have too many arms in a bullpen.
Helena Senators manager Dave Thennis knows legion games are won and lost on the mound and having a variety of pitchers can change the game at a moment’s notice. As he looks to the summer months, he can’t help but get excited at the possibilities of an experienced staff.
“Koby Griffin, who is at Northwest Nazarene right now, he’ll come back and help us a bunch. Tayler Carlson is throwing the ball really well. Payton and Carter Pappas are both throwing well. Tanner McMahon is throwing a bunch of strikes, same with Keaton Ralston,” said Thennis, listing through his staff. “We have a staff that I think when we stick them out there, they won’t do things that beat you right away. They’re going to be in the zone, change speeds and a couple of those guys have some good velocity. I like our pitching.”
Players echo Thennis’ thoughts. Short stop Colin Sassano doesn’t envy opposing batters.
“We faced (our pitchers) in our scrimmage and they were throwing pretty good,” he said. “From a hitters’ standpoint, I thought they were doing pretty good. I think we’ll have a good pitching staff this year.”
“If I don’t want to hit against them, I’m happy playing behind them,” Sassano continued, discussing his confidence in the pitchers. “Our infield should be pretty good, it’s the same as it was last year. Me and Kienan (Stief) are playing where we were last year and we’re hoping to pick up where we left off.”
Thennis’ club enters the week with a 3-3 record after splitting with Kalispell and Glacier on Saturday and Sunday. The Senators welcome rival Great Falls to Kindrick Legion Field on Wednesday for a nine-inning affair. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.