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Pioneer League Baseball Results and Highlights, Wednesday 6/18

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 Missoula Osprey (2-1) defeat Helena Brewers (1-2) 5-4 to win season opening series 2-1.

Billings Mustangs (2-1) defeat Great Falls Voyagers (1-2) 8-7 to win season opening series 2-1.

Billings 8, Great Falls 7

W: Wagner Gomez (1-0)

L: Grant Monroe (0-1)
S: None            

The Great Falls Voyagers held a 7-5 edge entering the bottom of the ninth but could not hold it, falling 8-7 to the Billings Mustangs Wednesday night at Dehler Park.

After tossing a scoreless ninth, Connor Walsh walked the first two he faced in the ninth, forcing Great Falls (1-2) to go back to the bullpen. A bunt single loaded the bases for Billings (2-1), and Ty Washington then doubled down the line in left to tie the game. One out later, Grant Monroe (0-1) uncorked a wild pitch, and Washington raced home to give the Mustangs a walk-off win and the series win.

For the first time this season, Great Falls got on the board first. After Mustang starter Alexander Romero walked the first two batters and a groundout moved both runners into scoring position, Zach Fish notched his first professional RBI on a single. Dillon Haupt then followed with a double down the line to plate two more.

After retiring the first four batters, Voyagers starter Matt Ball ran into trouble in the second when he allowed three consecutive hits to the Mustangs. The last of those hits was the most damaging, a two-run double by Josciel Veras to cut the lead to one at 3-2.

Great Falls then helped the Billings cause with a couple of errors in the third. The shaky defense led to three runs against Ball, one of which was earned, and a 5-3 lead for the Mustangs.

The Voyagers bounced back to tie it up at five apiece in the fifth, getting a pair courtesy of a Fish sacrifice fly and a Billings error.

Great Falls then regained the lead when a Chevy Clarke single and another error, put the visitors in front 7-5.

The Voyagers continue their season-opening five-game road trip Thursday night when they begin a two-game set at Missoula. Right-hander Dane Stone (first start) will be on the mound for Great Falls, while Missoula will counter with a righty of their own, Tyler Bolton (first start). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. and coverage will begin at 6:50 on 1400 AM KXGF and

The Voyagers' home opener is Saturday, June 21 at 7:00 p.m. against the Billings Mustangs at Centene Stadium. For tickets to any 2014 Voyagers home game, call (406) 452-5311 or visit

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