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Chukars, Brewers end series with tight battle

Chukars’ catcher Chase Vallot spins to tag Helena’s David Fry during Friday night’s game at Melaleuca Field. The throw from the outfield was a little too late and Fry scored on the play. Monte LaOrange / mlaorange@postregister.com

By PAUL LAMBERT
prsports@postregister.com

The luck was with the road team on Friday the 13th at Melaleuca Field as the Helena Brewers took an early lead into the late innings.

At Post Register deadline, the Helena Brewers were leading the Idaho Falls Chukars 8-7 in the top of the ninth inning.

Despite committing four errors and giving up 13 hits to Idaho Falls through eight innings, Helena was in position to get out of town with the victory thanks to 16 hits and a four-run fourth.

A Helena win would earn the Brewers a split in the four-game series, wrapping up the set in front of 2,798 fans Friday.

Chukars’ pitcher Conner Mayes releases a pitch during Friday night’s game at Melaleuca Field. Monte LaOrange / mlaorange@postregister.com

The Chukars got on the board in the third inning putting together a two-out, two-run rally, flipping a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead. Idaho Falls got RBIs from Jose Caraballo and Brady Cox in the inning.

The Brewers stacked back-to-back-to-back singles to open the fourth, starting an inning that proved particularly unlucky for the Chukars and starting pitcher Connor Mayes.

By the time it was over, Helena had four runs on four hits and a 5-2 lead.

Andres Martin got one back to open the bottom of the fourth, popping a solo shot over the left field wall. The homer was the first in Martin’s four-year professional career, a drought spanning 545 plate appearances.

Kyle Isbell brought the crowd to its feet three batters later, lacing a triple deep into the right field corner with two outs, then scoring on the play on a Helena throwing error.

Helena got to Mayes for two more in the fifth, chasing the hard-throwing righty after scoring seven on 12 hits.

Helena slugger Chad McClanahan opened the scoring in the first, driving a towering sky shot to right, to take the Pioneer League lead with six home runs.

Idaho Falls (16-11) will keep the home fires burning tonight, hosting Missoula in the first of a three-game series against the Osprey.

The Chukars will also host Missoula on Sunday and Monday before hitting the road for a seven-game set in Montana.

Chukars begin Helena series with hit parade

Chukars’ Angel Medina rounds third on his way to home after a hit by Nathan Eaton in the third inning as the Chukars take on the Helena Brewers at Melaleuca Field on Tuesday. John Roark/ jroark@postregister.com

By PAUL LAMBERT
prsports@postregister.com

In the duel between the unstoppable force and the immovable object, force scored a big win Tuesday night at Melaleuca Field.

The force that is the Idaho Falls hitting machine won out in a 15-8 win over the visiting Helena Brewers, pounding out 17 hits against the Pioneer League’s best pitching staff.

Helena entered the game as the immovable object, bringing its league-low 3.82 earned run average into the series opener.

The Chukars came in hitting at a league-best .304 clip through 24 games, and with the wind blowing out to center field at 15 mph, the deck was considerably stacked for the home team.

Speaking of stacked, such was the stat line of Idaho Falls first baseman reigning Pioneer League Player of the Week Reed Rohlman.

Rohlman finished a double shy of the cycle with a 3-run homer, a 3-run triple and seven RBIs.

Add to that the fact the Chukars were starting former Arizona Wildcats pitching standout J.C. Cloney.

Chukars’ J.C. Cloney pitches in the second inning as the Chukars take on the Helena Brewers at Melaleuca Field on Tuesday. John Roark/ jroark@postregister.com

Cloney, a lefty fireballer, has proven to be the ace of the pitching staff thus far in 2018, and entered Tuesday’s game with a tidy 1.05 ERA.

Cloney was put to the test early, however, giving up a solo shot to Helena’s Nick Egnatuk in the second.

Things nearly fell apart for Cloney in the third as the southpaw put two runners in scoring position with no outs, but slipped free of the noose with a pop-up, a strikeout and a groundout.

On the other side of the ledger, Idaho Falls was pounding Helena starter Justin Bullock, posting eight runs over the first four innings to take an early 8-2 lead.

Batting out of the five hole, Rohlman opened the scoring with his homer, bringing the home crowd of 2,278 to its feet with a bomb to right center in the first.

Not to be outdone, Idaho Falls second baseman and Chukars’ clean-up hitter Nathan Eaton finished 4-for-4 with three runs, pushing his team-best batting average to .409.

Angel Medina and Kyle Isbell also had multiple hit games for the Chukars, combining to score six runs.

Tuesday night’s game was the first of seven straight home games for the Chukars (15-10), including tonight’s game against Helena (13-12). First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.

Idaho Falls kept pace with Pioneer League South Division leading Ogden, and enter tonight’s game one game back of the Raptors in the first-half standings.