It all started with a passed ball.
The scoring flurry that followed culminated in a 15-13 win for the Helena Brewers over the Great Falls Voyagers on Tuesday in the Electric City.
The Voyagers (30-35) took a 1-0 lead for a little over an inning after catcher Payton Henry allowed a passed ball.
Then, in the third inning, the Brewers (24-41) surged ahead. Gabriel Garcia hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game at 1. Jay Feliciano followed that with a single on a line drive to right field, scoring one. Payton Henry got on thanks to a throwing error, which brought in two more Brewers runs. Nic Pierre capped the high-scoring inning with an RBI single to center field.
That put it at 6-1, and the Brewers weren’t done yet.
Helena added three more runs in the fourth inning. KJ Harrison hit a two RBI double to center field. Chad McClanahan grounded into a double play, but Harrison still scored on the play. Going into the bottom of the fourth, Helena led 9-1.
David Cronin hit a single to score a Great Falls run in the bottom of the fourth.
Helena unleashed another six-run inning in the fifth. Kenny Corey hit a single to right field, bringing two runs across the plate. Garcia hit the shot of the game, blasting a grand slam over the left field wall.
It put Helena up 15-2.
Then, the Brewers braced for the Voyagers' near-miracle finish.
In the bottom of the fifth, the home team got a run back when Justin Yurchak doubled on a fly ball to left field.
They kept chipping away in the fifth, when Franklin Reyes hit a single shot home run.
In the seventh inning, the Voyagers conjured a six-run inning of their own. Yurchak hit a two RBI double. David Cronin hit a RBI single. Max Dutto nailed a three-run double to narrow the margin to 15-10.
Great Falls kept it going in the bottom of the eighth. Cronin drew a bases-loaded walk for an RBI. Amado Nunez grounded into a force out, but on the play the Voyagers scored another run.
With a 15-12 scoreboard going into the bottom of the ninth, the Voyagers made one last run at Helena. JJ Muno hit a sacrifice fly, scoring one run, but it was the final one for the home team, which saw comeback hopes quashed with a game-ending double play.
Helena had 14 hits to Great Falls’ 13. Each team committed three errors.
Michael Petersen (1-2) received his first win of the season. He pitched five innings, allowed five hits and two earned runs while striking out seven and walking four.
The Brewers are now six games behind Great Falls.
Helena resumes play in Great Falls on Wednesday at 7 p.m.