Voyagers Win Home Opener, 2-0 Over Billings - KFBB.com News, Sports and Weather

Voyagers Win Home Opener, 2-0 Over Billings

Posted: Updated:

W: Jeff McKenzie (1-0)

L: Wyatt Strahahn (0-1)

S: Connor Walsh (1)

The Great Falls Voyagers opened up their 2014 home slate with their first shutout of the season, blanking the Billings Mustangs 2-0 Saturday night at Centene Stadium.

The Voyagers (4-2) got on the board right away in the first inning thanks to some shaky defense by Billings (3-2). With two on and two out, Zach Fisher hit a grounder to short that was bobbled by Cory Thompson, allowing Ryan Leonards to trot home.

The one run was all the Great Falls pitching staff needed. Starter Jeff McKenzie (1-0) tossed six shutout frames, allowing just two hits while notching his first quality start.

After McKenzie, it was a trio of 2014 draftees that brought this one home for the Voyagers. Making his pro debut, Jace Fry retired the Mustangs in order while collecting a pair of strikeouts in the seventh.

Following Fry, fellow lefty Brian Clark picked up two strikeouts of his own while pitching a scoreless eighth inning in his pro debut.

Great Falls then turned to Connor Walsh for the ninth, and the righty recorded the final three outs to collect his first save as a minor leaguer and seal the Voyagers first shutout of the season.

The Voyagers tacked on an insurance run in the eighth. Louie Lechich started the inning by drawing a walk, and after advancing to second on a wild pitch, was driven home on a single by Chevy Clarke.

The Voyagers and Mustangs continue this four-game series Sunday afternoon at Centene Stadium. Lefty Chris Freudenberg (0-1, 3.00) will be on the mound for the Voyagers while Billings will turn to righty, Tyler Mahle (0-0, 5.40). First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m. and coverage will begin at 12:45 on 1400 AM KXGF and gfvoyagers.com.


  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Two injured in Montana after swerving to avoid a kangaroo or wallaby

    Two injured in Montana after swerving to avoid a kangaroo or wallaby

    Thursday, June 21 2018 7:02 PM EDT2018-06-21 23:02:48 GMT
    kangaroo (Wikimedia Commons)kangaroo (Wikimedia Commons)

    UPDATE: Sources now indicate that the animal may actually have been an escaped wallaby from a petting zoo on the Fort Belknap Reservation.

    UPDATE: Sources now indicate that the animal may actually have been an escaped wallaby from a petting zoo on the Fort Belknap Reservation.

  • State of Emergency issued for Great Falls, Cascade County, and Lewis & Clark County

    State of Emergency issued for Great Falls, Cascade County, and Lewis & Clark County

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 2:36 PM EDT2018-06-20 18:36:13 GMT
    Wednesday, June 20 2018 8:53 PM EDT2018-06-21 00:53:18 GMT

    The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for Great Falls. The Missouri River is expected to crest at 17 feet, a height that matches the historic crest of 1953, as early as the afternoon on Thursday, June 20th, and is expected to last at least into late Friday, June 21st. If you live on or near Woodland Estates Road and the Country Club area of Great Falls, prepare for flooding now.

    The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for Great Falls. The Missouri River is expected to crest at 17 feet, a height that matches the historic crest of 1953, as early as the afternoon on Thursday, June 20th, and is expected to last at least into late Friday, June 21st. If you live on or near Woodland Estates Road and the Country Club area of Great Falls, prepare for flooding now.

  • Great Falls Flooding

    Great Falls Flooding

    Thursday, June 21 2018 10:16 AM EDT2018-06-21 14:16:38 GMT
    Thursday, June 21 2018 10:16 AM EDT2018-06-21 14:16:38 GMT

    The Electric City is expected to reach the Major Flood stage with an additional four or more feet of water, reaching its highest point between noon and 6 p.m. today.    Governor Bullock released a state of emergency for the city of Great Falls, Cascade, and Lewis and Clark County June 20th; urging people to prepare in high-risk areas.  Several roads within Great Falls have been closed as a result of the high flood waters, including:...

    The Electric City is expected to reach the Major Flood stage with an additional four or more feet of water, reaching its highest point between noon and 6 p.m. today.    Governor Bullock released a state of emergency for the city of Great Falls, Cascade, and Lewis and Clark County June 20th; urging people to prepare in high-risk areas.  Several roads within Great Falls have been closed as a result of the high flood waters, including:  •River Drive South...

  • GFPD releases flooding update

    GFPD releases flooding update

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 11:47 PM EDT2018-06-21 03:47:40 GMT
    Thursday, June 21 2018 2:03 PM EDT2018-06-21 18:03:53 GMT

    The American Red Cross will be opening a shelter at the New Hope Lutheran Church (3125 5th Ave. S.) in Great Falls at 6:00am on Thursday, June 21st.  According to a press release from the American Red Cross, the National Weather Service warns of moderate to major flooding beginning as early as Thursday afternoon and lasting into late Friday or Saturday, specifically for the areas of Woodland Estates, Big Bend, Lower River Road and Flood Road.  The shelter will provide meal...

    The American Red Cross will be opening a shelter at the New Hope Lutheran Church (3125 5th Ave. S.) in Great Falls at 6:00am on Thursday, June 21st.  According to a press release from the American Red Cross, the National Weather Service warns of moderate to major flooding beginning as early as Thursday afternoon and lasting into late Friday or Saturday, specifically for the areas of Woodland Estates, Big Bend, Lower River Road and Flood Road.  The shelter will provide meal...

Powered by Frankly
Copyright - All content © 2001 - 2018. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.