Missoula, MT.- A night after celebrating a First-Half Pennant in the Northern Division Friday, the Missoula PaddleHeads were right back at it opening the Second Half in Game 4 of a 6-Game Slate opposite the Billings Mustangs. Some may assume that the PaddleHeads would come out a little slow out
Missoula, MT.- A night after celebrating a First-Half Pennant in the Northern Division Friday, the Missoula PaddleHeads were right back at it opening the Second Half in Game 4 of a 6-Game Slate opposite the Billings Mustangs. Some may assume that the PaddleHeads would come out a little slow out of the gate considering the effort put forth the night before. That would prove to be far from the truth.
The PaddleHeads would score in each of the first four innings Saturday enroute to a comfortable 8-0 lead. The Mustangs would try to mount a comeback late, but in the end, it was Missoula earning its fourth win of the series, and fifth consecutive win overall by a final tally of 12-6.
Missoula would waste little time offensively as Cameron Thompson would get the PaddleHeads on board on a lead-off home run to left field. The former Wildcat would enjoy a fabulous night at the plate finishing 3-for-3 with a pair of walks.
After tacking on a run in the second inning, the PaddleHeads would break the game open with a five-run barrage to make the score 8-0. Jared Akins, and Skylar Black would both bring home runs in the frame on back-to-back doubles to highlight the action as Missoula brought all nines batters to the plate.
The eight-run cushion would prove to be plenty for southpaw Jason Seever who impressed in his first start of the season. The Castro Valley High School product would pitch five shutout innings allowing only four hits. In the process, the Nevada native would earn his first professional win as a starter.
The Mustangs would prove to not go down quietly into the night however scoring five runs in the top of the eighth inning cutting Missoula’s advantage to 9-6. That would be the closest Billings would come however as Missoula would never relinquish the lead at any point.
The PaddleHeads would extend the lead out once again in the bottom of the eighth thanks in large part to Akins. The former Twins farmhand would do damage in the inning with a double finishing the game 2-for-5 with 2 driven in.
After the dust settled in the first day of the second half, Missoula (36-13) would be the only team that would emerge with a victory in the Northern Division as Great Falls, Idaho Falls, and Billings would all fall. The PaddleHeads will be in search of their sixth consecutive victory in Game 5 of the Series opposite the Mustangs (18-31). Hear the action on ESPN Missoula 102.9 F.M.
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