August 31, 2017 - Pioneer League (PL) - Great Falls Voyagers
Great Falls, MT - The Voyagers scored five times in the 4th inning and held on late to down the Helena Brewers 7-6 Wednesday night at Centene Stadium. With the win, Great Falls (31-35, 16-12) is 8-6 against Helena in the season series. The Voyagers remain three games up on Missoula but are now five games ahead of Billings for first-place in the Pioneer League North Division second-half with just 10 games left. The Brewers (24-42, 9-19) dropped to 10-24 on the road this season.
Helena plated the game's first run in the top of the 1st. Tristen Lutz reached on a ground ball error and later scored on a two-out base hit to right by Jay Feliciano. Both sides scored single runs in the 3rd. With one out, K.J. Harrison whacked a solo home run deep to left for his eighth of the season and a 2-0 Brewers lead. In the bottom of the inning, Great Falls scored its first run after Nate Nolan singled on a line drive to left-center. A two-out walk of Logan Taylor put Nolan at second, and Nolan Brown drove him in with a single to center.
The decisive bottom of the 4th began with a double banged off the wall in deep center by Anthony Villa. One out later, Tate Blackman slugged his third home run of the season high and deep to left-center for a 3-2 Voyagers lead. Franklin Reyes followed the homer with a base hit to center. Nate Nolan doubled to move Reyes to third. Reyes scored on a wild pitch and it was 4-2. With two outs, Logan Taylor walked. Nolan Brown brought a run in with an infield single. A throwing error on the same play made it 6-2 Great Falls.
Great Falls scored a crucial run in the 7th. A one-out walk put Anthony Villa on at first. Justin Yurchak then singled on a blooper into right-center. The ball was booted in the outfield and allowed both runners to move up to second and third. Tate Blackman made it 7-2 with a sacrifice fly to right that scored Villa tagging from third.
Helena scored four runs in the final frame but left the tying run stranded at first. Tristen Lutz smacked a three-run home run in the 9th for the Brewers. And, Gabriel Garcia added a solo homer in the inning as well.
The Voyagers outhit the Brewers 12-to-9. Justin Yurchak went 3-for-4 with all singles. Tate Blackman posted two hits with three RBIs and one run. Tristen Lutz and Chad McClanahan both collected two hits for Helena.
On the mound, Ryan Boelter picked up the win in relief. Boelter (2-0) pitched two-and-two-thirds and gave up one earned run on one hit (HR) with one strikeout and one walk. Karsen Lindell took the loss. Lindell (2-3) worked three-and-two-thirds and allowed six runs (five earned) on seven hits (HR) with two strikeouts and two walks. Sean Renzi came on in relief and obtained the final out in the 9th with a strikeout for his second save.
Great Falls travels to Helena Thursday night for the first of a two-game road series. First pitch at Kindrick Legion Field is set for 7:05. The Voyagers return home for four straight with two against Missoula and two against Billings starting Saturday night. For 2017 ticketing and promotional information, call 406-452-5311 or visit www.gfvoyagers.com.