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Chukars Erase Five-Run Deficit to Beat Voyagers

August 12, 2018 - Pioneer League (PL) - Great Falls Voyagers News Release

Great Falls, MT - The Voyagers let two five-run leads slip away in a 12-10 game three loss to Idaho Falls Saturday night at Centene Stadium.

Great Falls (25-27, 3-11) dropped to 18-10 at home this season, and fell to 11-6 against the South Division. The loss ended a brief two-game winning streak. Idaho Falls (27-25, 6-8) snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 8-9 against North opponents.

After the Chukars scored once in each of the first two innings, the Voyagers took the lead with a four-run second that also featured a 42-minute lightning delay. Alex Destino and Micah Coffey led off with singles. Gunnar Troutwine brought the first run home with an RBI single lifted to center. Romy Gonzalez gave Great Falls the lead with a two-run double to left. Bryce Bush made it 4-2 with an RBI single.

The Voyagers took an 8-3 lead with another four-run frame in the 5th. Lenyn Sosa led off with a double. Bryce Bush walked. Alex Destino singled. With two outs and the bases loaded, Ryan Fitzpatrick was hit by a pitch for an RBI. Gunnar Troutwine followed with a bases-clearing double to the alley in right-center.

The teams traded a pair of runs in the 6th and it was 10-5 Great Falls. Alex Destino smacked a two-run triple to the gap in right-center for the Voyagers. Bryce Bush and Amado Nunez both walked with two outs in the inning.

A three-run 7th for Idaho Falls trimmed the lead to 10-8. A four-run 8th elevated the Chukars back into the lead. Kyle Kasser reached with a one-out bunt single to third. After Tyler James walked, Nate Eaton tripled home two to tie it. With two outs, a two-run home run deep to left-center by Nick Hutchins made it 12-10.

Idaho Falls outhit Great Falls 16-to-12. Tyler James and Chase Vallot each posted three hits for the Chukars. Nate Eaton and Nick Hutchins both collected three RBIs. For the Voyagers, Alex Destino went 4-for-5 with two triples, two RBIs and two runs scored. Gunnar Troutwine had two hits and walked twice with four RBIs.

On the mound, Jordan Floyd earned the win in relief. Floyd (2-1) worked the final three innings and gave up just two hits with four strikeouts and two walks. Michael McCormick took the loss. McCormick (4-2) pitched one-and-a-third in relief and allowed four earned runs on three hits with three strikeouts and one walk. Great Falls closes out its four-game series with Idaho Falls Sunday afternoon. First pitch at Centene Stadium is scheduled for 4 o'clock. Gates open at 3 p.m. The Voyagers then welcome Ogden to town for a three-game set starting Monday. For 2018 ticketing and promotional information, call 406-452-5311 or visit

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