September 6, 2017 - Pioneer League (PL) - Great Falls Voyagers
Great Falls, MT-The Voyagers produced 14 base hits and had six batters with multi-hit games in an 8-5 victory over Billings to earn a series split Tuesday night at Centene Stadium.
With the win, Great Falls (32-40, 17-17) stamped out a five-game losing streak and claimed the season series 9-to-7. The Voyagers remain tied for first with Missoula in the Pioneer League North Division second-half with just four games left. Billings (33-38, 15-19) had its three-game winning streak snapped and fell two games back.
The Voyagers brought home the game's first run with a two-out rally in the 1st. Back-to-back walks of Anthony Villa and Justin Yurchak set up the opportunity. Tate Blackman then reached on an infield single that also resulted in a throwing error. The error allowed Villa to race around third and score.
Great Falls extended its early lead with a four-spot in the 3rd. Craig Dedelow led off the frame with a single to right. With one out, Justin Yurchak singled on the infield. Tate Blackman singled home Dedelow with a base hit to right. With two outs, Franklin Reyes slammed a line drive double to the wall in left-center that scored two. Nate Nolan followed with an RBI double deep off the wall in right for a 5-0 cushion.
Billings scored its first runs of the night in the 4th. Leandro Santana reached with a one-out single lined into center. Alejo Lopez was hit by a pitch. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch. The first run scored on a Montrell Marshall grounder to second that was misplayed. J.D. Williams scored Lopez with a single to center. After Jeter Downs singled on the infield, a sacrifice fly to right by Miles Gordon brought in Marshall for a 5-3 game.
The Voyagers made it 6-3 with a Craig Dedelow RBI triple deep to left-center that scored Logan Taylor. Taylor had singled leading off the inning. The Mustangs scored single runs in the 5th and the 6th innings to trim the lead to one. Alejo Lopez had an RBI single in the 5th and Montrell Marshall led off the 6th with a solo home run that barely cleared the wall in the right field corner. It was Marshall's seventh blast of the season.
A two-run 7th gave Great Falls some breathing room. J.J. Muno reached with a one-out single to center. Franklin Reyes moved Muno to second with an infield single to third. Nate Nolan and Tracy Hadley posted back-to-back RBI singles for an 8-5 lead.
The Voyagers outhit the Mustangs 14-to-12. Franklin Reyes went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Nate Nolan had two hits and two RBIs. Craig Dedelow collected two hits with one RBI and a run. Justin Yurchak, Tate Blackman, and J.J. Muno all had two hits as well. Montrell Marshall finished 2-for-4 with the homer, two RBIs, and two runs.
On the mound, Chris Comito recorded his first win since August 5th. Comito (3-7) lasted five innings and gave up four runs (three earned) on nine hits with one strikeout and one walk. Jacob Heatherly suffered the loss. Heatherly (0-1) only went two-and-two-thirds and allowed four earned runs on four hits with one strikeout and two walks. Will Kincanon pitched the final two innings with three strikeouts and two walks for his second save of the season.
The stage is now set as Great Falls plays its final four regular-season games against Missoula. The first of two at Missoula is Wednesday night. First pitch at Ogren Park is scheduled for 7:05. The final regular season series against the Osprey is in Great Falls Friday and Saturday nights. For 2017 ticketing and promotional information, call 406-452-5311 or visit www.gfvoyagers.com.