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Senators Look to Stay Sharp in Conference Play

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So far this year the Helena Senators season can be considered a success. But for them to keep that success going late into the year, there's one thing they really need to work on.

"We're really working on, actually, bunts a lot," said Senators senior pitcher Riley Pickens. "Because we've only been executing them at about 50%. So we really need to get our bunts down."

"Bunting is a key thing in close ball games against good teams, because that's when you're asked to bunt is when it's a tight ball game, and the pressure is on," said Senators head coach Dave Thennis.

The Sens plan to be in plenty of pressure filled ball games, especially at state. But for them to start conference season off strong, they believe their biggest advantage comes at the mound.

"All of our starting pitchers are starting to pitch full games," said Pickens. "Which has been really helpful, and we don't use many of the back up guys."

"Having guys, multiple guys, that can come in in situations and throw strikes right now, and not take a while to get their feet wet, that's a nice option," said Thennis.

Having options on the mound will help, but for Helena to continue it's current winning pace, they'll need to also maintain their hitting. The Sens know that a little tweak here and there doesn't hurt, but it's all about consistency.

"We're really working on our hitting right now to keep that in check," said Senators senior outfielder Nick Wrigg. "We just keep coming out here to practice. It's all about practice. We come out here focused, and get better every day. We know we can take that on to the field if we just get better."

"We just have to take it one day at a time," said Thennis. "I know that's a baseball cliche, but we have to get a little better a little bit at a time, get more experience. But we can't get in front of ourselves and outthink ourselves."

The first half of the season has gone well for the Senators, and their hoping the second half goes just as well, but with better bunting.

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