Voyagers Vaporize Home Losing Streak

Four-Run 1st Sets Tone, Blackman Clubs First Homer

By Shawn Tiemann / Great Falls Voyagers | August 6, 2017 12:57 AM ET

Great Falls, MT-The Voyagers scored four 1st inning runs and Anthony Villa and Tate Blackman both whacked two-run homers in an 8-4 victory over Idaho Falls Saturday night at Centene Stadium.

With the win, Great Falls (16-26, 1-3) stamped out an eight-game home losing streak and a three-game losing streak overall. The Voyagers improved to 9-12 at home this season. The Chukars (19-24, 2-3) fell to 11-11 on the road and are 2-5 in their last seven.


Great Falls sprinted to an early lead with a crooked number in the 1st. Tyler Frost led off the inning with a sharp single to right. Tracy Hadley followed with a double deep to the wall in right. Craig Dedelow scored Frost from third with a groundout to second. Anthony Villa made it 2-0 with a single lined into center. Villa moved to third on a base hit by Justin Yurchak and later scored on a wild pitch. Jacob Cooper stretched the lead to 4-0 with a single on the ground into right.


The Voyagers added to the lead in the 3rd. Craig Dedelow reached with a one-out, line drive single to right. Anthony Villa then smoked his 10th home run of the season with a drive deep to left and it was 6-0.


Idaho Falls plated its first run of the night in the 4th. Robby Rinn doubled to start the frame. Rinn later scored on a sacrifice fly to right from Freddy Fermin. The Chukars closed the gap to 6-2 with a single mark again in the 6th. Amalani Fukofuka led off the inning with a line drive solo home run to left. It was Fukofuka's fifth big fly of the season.


Great Falls finished its scoring in the bottom of the 6th. Nate Nolan reached with a two-out base hit to left. Tate Blackman then crushed a two-run home run deep to right-center for an 8-2 cushion. It was Blackman's first professional homer. Idaho Falls scored twice in the 8th for the game's final margin.


On the mound, Chris Comito posted his first win since July 4th and his third quality start for the Voyagers. Comito (2-4) worked six innings and gave up two earned runs on six hits with one strikeout and no walks. David McKay took the loss for Idaho Falls. McKay (2-5) lasted six innings and surrendered eight runs on 11 hits with one strikeout and no walks.


The Voyagers outhit the Chukars 11-to-8. Anthony Villa went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Nate Nolan had two hits with a run. For Idaho Falls, Amalani Fukofuka finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs. Robby Rinn and Logan Gray both collected two hits as well.


The Voyagers seven-game home stand continues with the series finale against Idaho Falls Sunday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 1 o'clock. Great Falls welcomes the Ogden Raptors to town for a three-game series starting Monday night. For 2017 ticketing and promotional information, call 406-452-5311 or visit

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