Billings Pitching Stymies Voyagers for Series Sweep

Great Falls Season Ends with Road Playoff Loss

By Shawn Tiemann / Great Falls Voyagers | September 11, 2016 3:35 AM ET


Billings, MT-The Voyagers 2016 playoff run was brief following a 5-1 game two loss to Billings Saturday night at Dehler Park.

Great Falls was swept 2-games-to-none in the best of three Pioneer League divisional series. The Voyagers opened the scoring with a single run in the second to take their first lead of the series. Jameson Fisher led off the frame with a walk. He scored immediately on a Brady Conlan double into the right field corner.

The Mustangs quickly answered back to take the lead in the bottom of the second. Michael Beltre reached with a lead-off single to center. The next batter, John Sansone, smoked a two-run home run deep to left for a 2-1 Billings lead. The Mustangs made it 3-1 with a run in the third. Montrell Marshall doubled and later scored on a base hit by Jose Siri. Back-to-back doubles to start the sixth by Marshall and Taylor Trammell extended the lead. Hector Vargas finished the scoring with a sac fly to left.

Billings received another stellar starting performance on the mound. Lefty Wennington Romero posted the win as he went six-and-two-thirds and gave up just one earned run on four hits with six strikeouts and three walks. Bernardo Flores took the loss for Great Falls. Flores worked five innings and allowed five earned runs on nine hits with five strikeouts. He did not walk a batter. Joel Kuhnel pitched the final two-and-a-third in relief for Billings and gave up two hits with three strikeouts.

The Mustangs outhit the Voyagers 10-to-6. John Sansone starred at the plate for Billings with a 3-for-4 game. Sansone had the homer (second of the playoffs), two singles, and two RBIs. Montrell Marshall added two doubles. Taylor Trammell and Michael Beltre each had two hits. For Great Falls, Brady Conlan went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.     

Great Falls made its ninth playoff appearance in the last 10 years. The Voyagers won the second half division title by eight games over Billings in the regular season. To learn more about ticketing and promotional information for the 2017 season at Centene Stadium, go online at or phone 406.452.5311.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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