Great Falls, MT-The Voyagers forced a decisive game 3 in the Pioneer League Championship Series with a 15-3 victory before losing the finale 8-3 to the Ogden Raptors Sunday night at Centene Stadium.
Great Falls (1-2) appeared in its first league championship series since 2011. Ogden (2-1) claimed its first league title since 1969, but its first under the current incarnation of the Raptors.
In game 2, Ogden jumped out to a 1-0 lead behind Rylan Bannon's 1st inning solo home run. The Voyagers quickly answered to take command with eight runs in the bottom of the 1st. The frame featured five hits and four walks, including a grand slam by Nate Nolan. David Cronin made it back-to-back homers with a solo shot deep to right. Leading off the 3rd, Nolan smacked his second homer of the game and fifth of the playoffs with a high drive deep to left-center for a 9-1 cushion. Great Falls plated five more in the 4th for good measure. Cronin highlighted the inning with a three-run triple. The Voyagers racked up 12 hits in the win.
The Raptors scored first again in game 3 to set the tone. A one-out double with the bases loaded for Mitchell Hansen staked Ogden to a 2-0 lead. Both teams scored single runs in the 4th, and each brought home two in the 5th. A three-run 6th for the Raptors made it 8-3. The inning saw three consecutive doubles from Donovan Casey, Luis Paz, and Romer Cuadrado. Ogden outhit the Voyagers 12-to-5.
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