Missoula, MT-The Voyagers finished the Pioneer League regular season with a rain-shortened 3-2 loss to Missoula Thursday night at Ogren Park Allegiance Field.
Great Falls (26-11, 47-28) had taken a 6-3 lead with a four-run top of the sixth before the game was delayed. With the game three loss, the Voyagers dropped the series 2-to-1. Missoula (17-20, 33-42) finished the season on a two-game winning streak. Great Falls won the season series with the Osprey 10-to-5.
The Voyagers opened the scoring with a single run in the first. Mitch Roman reached with a one-out single to right. Aaron Schnurbusch followed with a base hit to right. On the throw to third, Roman was safe but Schnurbusch was hung up between second and third before he was tagged out in a rundown. That allowed Roman to race home. Missoula leveled the score with a run in the fourth. Eudy Ramos coaxed a lead-off walk. Ramos stole second and later scored on a double deep to right-center by Kal Simmons.
Both teams scored in the final official inning. Great Falls reclaimed a one-run lead with a tally in the top of the fifth. Jameson Fisher walked and advanced to second on an errant pick-off attempt. He scored for a 2-1 lead as Steve Pollakov singled off the first baseman's glove. In the bottom of the inning, Gabriel Maciel started the Osprey rally with a single to center. With one out, Yan Sanchez lined a sacrifice to right that allowed Maciel to tag and score from third. Ryan January kept it moving with a two-out single to center. Eudy Ramos then reached on a ground ball error at third. Andy Yerzy drove in the go-ahead run with a double to the wall in right.
On the mound, Ryan Atkinson notched his first win of the season. Atkinson (1-4) worked all five innings and gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits with a season-high eight strikeouts and two walks. Adam Panayotovich took the loss for Great Falls. Panayotovich (4-6) lasted five and allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits with three strikeouts and one walk. The Osprey won the game despite three errors. For Missoula, Ryan January and Kal Simmons both collected two hits. January scored once and Simmons had one RBI.
Great Falls now faces Billings in the best-of-three Pioneer League divisional playoff series. Game 1 is scheduled for Friday, September 9th at Centene Stadium. First pitch is at 7 p.m. For ticket information, visit www.gfvoyagers.com or call 406-452-5311.
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