After tying the game twice, the Idaho Falls Chukars burst through for six runs in the top of the ninth inning to take a 12-7 win over the Helena Brewers on Thursday in Helena.
The Chukars (18-15) capitalized on two errors, a wild pitch and six hits, including an RBI single by Tyler James, an RBI single by Nathan Eaton, an RBI single by Reed Rohlman and an RBI single by Andres Martin, in the inning.
No lead was safe for Helena in Thursday’s contest. The Brewers struck first, taking a 4-0 lead after the first inning thanks to an RBI double by David Fry, an RBI single by Nick Egnatuk, an RBI triple by Leugim Castillo and an RBI single by Pablo Abreu in consecutive at-bats. The Brewers added two more runs in the second inning off a two-RBI single by Fry.
A two-run home run by Chase Vallot put Idaho Falls on the scoreboard in the fourth inning. The Chukars tied the game 6-6 with a four-run fifth inning thanks to a run by Martin and a three-run double by Rohlman.
Helena broke up the 6-6 tie when Jean Carmona scored off a wild pitch with two outs in the bottom of the eighth. The Chukars tied the game two at bats into the top of the ninth before beginning their scoring frenzy.
Vallot went 1 for 5 with a home run, two RBIs and a run scored, Rohlman went 2 for 5 with a double, four RBIs and a run scored, Eaton went 3 for 4 with an RBI and three runs scored and Jesus Atencio went 2 for 5 with an RBI and a run scored. Jaret Hellinger took the win, allowing one run (earned) on two hits while walking one and striking out three in two innings pitched for Idaho Falls.
The Chukars remained four games back of Pioneer League South Division Ogden with Thursday’s win. At 10:20 p.m., Ogden (22-10) was leading Missoula 8-4 in the top of the ninth.
The final game of the three-game series between the Chukars and Brewers is tonight in Helena. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.