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Brett Huxtable of the Bitterroot Bruins slides into second as one Helena Allstar player jumps across him and the second player catches the ball. Jean Schurman photo

Brett Huxtable of the Bitterroot Bruins slides into second as one Helena Allstar player jumps across him and the second player catches the ball. Jean Schurman photo

The Bitterroot Bruins continued their winning ways with a 7-3 over the Helena All Stars in Hamilton on Sunday. Although Helena scored a run in the first inning, it was Bret Huxtable’s homer in the first inning that set the tone of the day. Helena scored on a wild throw to first that advanced the runner and put him in scoring position. Huxtable was the first batter for the Bruins. His hit soared over the midfield fence, right at the 335 feet marker sign. No other Bruin scored in the inning but the home run definitely had Helena on their toes.

Helena took the lead again in the third inning with a stolen base and a solid hit by Jackson Maynard. This time, when Huxtable was at the plate, he was walked. Chase Conner hit a single that scored Huxtable. Alex Draper hit the tying run and made it to second. Reese LeSoine then hit a double to score Draper and the game was tied.

Designated hitter Colton Wilson was the lead off batter for the Bruins in the fourth inning. He hit a double and then scored on a passed ball at home. The Bruins got out of a bit of a pickle in the fifth inning. Helena had runners on second and third with two outs. Bruin pitcher Brandon Friday struck out Maynard to end the inning without any runs. Draper ripped a low-flying ball down the third base line for a base hit and the eventual run. The Bruins scored twice more in the sixth inning. Huxtable had an RBI triple that scored Kade Hudgins. Huxtable also scored to finish the game. Draper pitched the final inning and didn’t allow any runs and only three hits.

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