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Voyagers return to Pioneer League Finals09/07/2008 11:57 PM ET
Dan Hudson struck out seven over 6 2/3 innings and Johny Celis homered Sunday as the Great Falls Voyagers advanced to the Pioneer League Championship Series with an 8-3 triumph over the Billings Mustangs at Centene Stadium.
Hudson (1-0) allowed three runs on five hits without a walk as Great Falls swept the best-of-3 series. Penn State product Drew O'Neil recorded the final five outs to pick up the save.
The Voyagers await the winner of the Orem-Ogden series in next week's Finals. Great Falls fell to Orem in last year's championship series.
Celis went 2-for-4 with a solo shot in the second off Mustangs starter Oscar Castro. Great Falls took the lead in the fourth when Tyler Kuhn hit an RBI single and Mike Grace followed with a run-scoring double. Lee Fishcer added a two-run double for the Voyagers.
Billings had taken a 2-0 lead in the second on run-scoring hits from Dave Sappelt and Mike Konstanty. Jose Gualdron added a sacrifice fly in the second.
Dan Zeffiro (0-1) allowed three runs -- two earned -- on four hits over two innings. Castro was charged with three runs on five walks in 3 1/3 frames. Box score
In other Pioneer League action:
Orem Owlz 6, Ogden Raptors 8
Pioneer League batting champ Roberto Lopez went 3-for-4 with two RBIs for Orem, which could have clinched another berth in the Finals with a win. Jeremy Thorne (0-1), the last of four Owlz pitchers, allowed two runs on three hits over two innings. Box score
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