GREAT FALLS – The Great Falls Chargers needed some help Saturday to qualify for state.
First, the team split a two-game series with the Billings Royals, losing 4-3 in eight innings in the first game and then winning 8-7 on a walk-off double from Derick Spring in the second game. That put the Chargers at 8-14 on the season.
Great Falls also needed help from the Billings Scarlets, and that’s just what the team got. Billings swept Medicine Hat 3-2 and 11-5, and that made the Monarchs 8-14 on the season, the same record as the Chargers. But Great Falls held the tiebreaker over Medicine Hat and qualified for the eighth and final spot in the Montana-Alberta State AA Legion Baseball Tournament in Kalispell, which begins on July 28 and concludes Aug. 1.
Saturday was also Senior Day for the Chargers. All six seniors were honored during the games against Billings and fivewill go onto play baseball in college. Alan Laracque, Brayden Welty, and Cal Cromwell will go to Williston Community College, Cade Stuff will go to Miles City Community College, and Matt Houlihan will go to MSU Billings.