The Missoula Osprey stymied the Idaho Falls Chukars on Saturday, handing them a 11-1 loss in game one of a four-game series in Missoula.
The Osprey outhit the Chukars 20-4, getting five extra base hits, and led 4-0 through four innings. Missoula stretched the lead to 7-1 after the fifth inning, getting an RBI single from Brandon Leyton, an RBI single from Jesus Munzo and an RBI single by Eddie Hernandez, and added four runs over the next four frames. Julio Gonzalez scored the lone run for the Chukars in the top of the fifth.
Every Missoula batter recorded at least one hit in the win, including five batters who each had three hits.
Chase Vallot went 2 for 2, Offerman Collado went 1 for 5 with an RBI and Nathan Eaton went 1 for 5 with a double for the Chukars. Jonathan Bowlan took the loss on the mound, allowing seven runs (earned) on 12 hits while walking one and striking out two in five innings pitched.
The Chukars (19-16) remain four games back of Pioneer League South Division leader Ogden (23-12), which lost 8-0 Saturday to Helena.
Game two of the four-game series between the Chukars and Osprey is today at 5:05 p.m. in Missoula.