Kyle Robinson's two-run single capped a four-run fifth inning that helped the Rookie-level Voyagers wrap up a playoff berth with a 7-2 triumph over the Idaho Falls Chukars.
Great Falls fell behind, 1-0, then squandered a 2-1 lead before improving to a league-best 23-12.
Voyagers starter Keegan Linza (3-0) allowed two runs -- one earned -- on two hits while striking out six over six innings to earn the win. Ryan Bollinger and Brett Merkley combined on three scoreless frames.
It was a fitting performance for a team that leads the hitter-friendly league with a 3.77 ERA, nearly a run better than the second-place club. And even though Great Falls ranks fifth in strikeouts, it's issued a league-low 96 walks.
"That whole staff up and down, every time one of those guys toes the rubber they give us a chance," Voyagers manager Ryan Newman said. "We've done a good job the last couple weeks catching the ball defensively and our pitching has really been outstanding."
Jonathan Casey has paced the staff, going 4-2 with a league-leading 1.88 ERA in seven starts. Linza has a 4.12 ERA with 32 strikeouts and only three walks in 39 1/3 innings. Relievers Brandon Hardin (1.88), Merkley (2.12) and Joe Dvorsky (2.60) have recorded saves while compiling ERAs under 3.00.
The Voyagers rank third in the league with 220 runs scored, despite placing sixth in batting and seventh in slugging percentage. Newman credited his team's knack for timely hitting with allowing it to compete with the league's top offenses.
"We're never out of a ballgame, we're very resilient," he noted. "They've gotten behind early and they've battled. Offensively, whether we're eight down, three down, our guys put together good at-bats and have gotten the job done."
Robinson, who came threw in the big inning, leads the circuit with a .394 average and .480 on-base percentage. Catcher Brent Tanner added his team-leading fourth homer, a two-run shot in the second. Yoandy Barroso (.304 average, .423 OBP) and Micah Johnson (.306, .407) have been key contributors.
Earning a playoff spot is a great experience for his players, many of whom are a little over a month into their professional careers, Newman said.
"A lot of these guys, it's their first taste of pro ball. And to be able to clinch the first half and secure a spot in the playoffs is something special, because you don't know if you'll ever do it again," he added.