Great Falls, MT-The Voyagers set a new single-game season-high with 19 base hits as they took the series opener 15-10 over the Ogden Raptors Monday night at Centene Stadium.
Great Falls (18-26, 3-3) improved to 11-12 at home. The victory marks the first three-game winning streak since the Voyagers started the season with four straight wins. It also pulled them into a second-half first-place tie with Billings. Ogden (27-18, 4-3) has its first two-game losing streak since July 14th and has lost three of its last four.
After two scoreless innings to start the game, the Raptors opened the 3rd with a pair of runs. Rylan Bannon led off with a base hit to left. Ramon Rodriguez reached with a bunt single to third. Samuel Ortiz walked to load the bases. A fielder's choice off the bat of Mitchell Hansen plated the first run. A sacrifice fly to right by Romer Cuadrado made it 2-0.
The Voyagers responded immediately in the bottom of the 3rd. Max Dutto started the inning with a bunt single. Logan Taylor singled on the infield behind second base. Tyler Frost reached on a fielder's choice. Craig Dedelow plated the first run with an RBI single lined into right. Frost scored the tying run on a passed ball. With two outs, Justin Yurchak walked. Jacob Cooper gave Great Falls the lead with an RBI single to right-center. Amado Nunez made it 4-2 with an infield single that scored Yurchak.
Great Falls scored once in the 4th for a 5-2 advantage. Both teams then combined for 15 runs spanning the 5th and 6th innings. Ogden closed the gap to 5-4 with two unearned runs in the top of the 5th. A three-run home half for the Voyagers pushed the lead to 8-4. Jacob Cooper and David Cronin had RBI singles, and Max Dutto smacked an RBI triple off the wall in right-center.
A three-run 6th pulled the Raptors within one at 8-7. Donovan Casey led off the frame with a solo home run. Great Falls separated with seven runs in the bottom of the 6th. The scoring started with a Craig Dedelow one-out, solo home run deep to right. It was Dedelow's 10th big fly of the season. Dedelow later had a two-run single in the frame as 12 men came to the plate. Also in the inning, Jacob Cooper delivered an RBI single. David Cronin posted a two-run single. And, Tyler Frost drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk.
Ogden plated three more runs in the 8th for the game's final margin. All the Raptors runs in the inning came with two outs. Samuel Ortiz clubbed a solo home run to deep left-center. Mitchell Hansen doubled and scored on a Romer Cuadrado single. Luis Paz also had an RBI single.
The Voyagers outhit the Raptors 19-to-14. Great Falls finished 10-for-20 with runners in scoring position. Craig Dedelow went 4-for-6 with four RBIs and two runs. Jacob Cooper was 4-for-5 with three RBIs and a run. It was the first time a Great Falls batter racked up four hits in a game. David Cronin collected three hits with three RBIs and three runs. For Ogden, Luis Paz went 3-for-5 with one RBI. Mitchell Hansen had two hits, two RBIs, and two runs.
Brandon Agar picked up the win for the Voyagers. Agar (4-1) lasted five-and-a-third and gave up seven runs (five earned) on nine hits with two strikeouts and two walks. Gregorio Sequera took the loss for the Raptors. Sequera (0-2) only lasted three innings and allowed four earned runs on five hits with two strikeouts and four walks.
The Voyagers seven-game home stand continues with game two of three against the Ogden Raptors Tuesday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. The home stand concludes Wednesday night. For 2017 ticketing and promotional information, call 406-452-5311 or visit www.gfvoyagers.com.
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