HELENA — The Missoula Osprey notched their fifth win in six games Friday, outlasting the Helena Brewers in 10 innings, 6-4.
The Osprey led 4-1 in the sixth before the hosts rallied to force extra baseball. Not to be denied, Missoula scored two runs in the 10th off reliever Cody Beckman.
Osprey second-year catcher Andy Yerzy led off the 10th with a solo home run to center field. William Gorman followed with an infield single, moved up on a wild pitch and Joel Novas ground-out and scored on a double to left by designated hitter Gavin Stupienski.
Missoula manager Mike Benjamin stayed with closer Abraham Almonte even though he blew a save by allowing a run in the ninth. Almonte cashed in on his second chance, holding the Brewers scoreless despite allowing a walk and a single, striking out Chad McClanahan to end the game.
The Pioneer League North first-half champion Osprey boosted their record to 29-32 overall, 10-13 in the second half. The sit in second place, three games behind second-half leader Great Falls.
William Gorman led the Missoula hit parade, going 3 for 4 with a double and three runs scored. Osprey starting pitcher turned in a solid performance, allowing three runs on seven hits while striking out three in five-plus innings of duty.
Almonte (1-0) ended up earning the win. He allowed one run on two hits in two innings.
Notes: Pitcher Mitchell Aker joined the Osprey Friday. The 6-foot-2 Virginia native was placed on the 7-day disabled list as a member of the Kane County Cougars back on August 10. He has also been the Hillsboro roster this season ... Helena fell to 22-39 overall with Friday's loss.