A day after erasing a six-run deficit en route to an eventual win, the Idaho Falls Chukars blew the doors open with a 10-run sixth inning in an 18-5 win over the Helena Brewers in Helena.
The Chukars, who led 6-0 through two innings, outhit the Brewers 20-11 and had nine extra base hits.
Idaho Falls wasted no time, jumping out to a 6-2 lead after three innings thanks to an RBI double by Reed Rohlman, a two RBI double by Chase Vallot, an Offerman Collado two-run home run and a Rohlman RBI single. Vallot hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning to extend the advantage to 7-3.
Idaho Falls burst through in a marathon sixth inning, turning five hits, three hit batters, three walks, two errors and a wild pitch into 10 runs. The Brewers made two pitching substitutions during the inning.
The Brewers were held off the scoreboard from the fifth to seventh innings before scoring twice in the eighth inning. Helena recorded two hits and left two on base in the bottom of the ninth.
Vallot had a massive game for Idaho Falls, going 4 for 6 with a home run, two doubles, four RBIs and three runs scored. Collado went 3 for 4 with a home run, two RBIs and three runs scored, Hunter Strong went 3 for 5 with a double and Nathan Eaton went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and three runs scored. Connor Mayes took the win on the mound, allowing three runs (all earned) on four hits while walking three and striking out five in five innings pitched.
Idaho Falls (19-15) is four games back of Pioneer League South Division leader Ogden (23-11), which defeated Missoula 9-5 on Friday.
The Chukars continue their Montana road trip by beginning a four-game series tonight at Missoula. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.