The boys from the Falls have been tough on the Salt Lake Trappers, who are 0-7 against Great Falls and were 4-6 against Idaho Falls, a team 14 games below .500, going into Sunday's game.
But Tim McKercher, one of the few Trappers who could hit against Great Falls, came through with five singles in six at-bats, and former Idaho Falls player Jeff Allison had four hits against his ex-mates, and McKercher and Allison each scored four runs as the Trappers beat the Braves 11-3.The win enabled Salt Lake to stay within a game of Butte, which beat Pocatello 11-7, in the race for first place in the Southern Division. Great Falls has already won the Northern Division of the Pioneer League, and only the two division champions make the best-of-five postseason playoffs.
The Trappers have eight games left in the regular season, including tonight's contest at Idaho Falls. They move on to Pocatello for two, then return to Derks Field to finish the season with five against the Braves and Giants.
The Trappers took a 9-0 into the bottom of the sixth inning before the Braves finally scored against Myron "Pop" Gardner, who gave up seven hits and struck out seven in raising his record to 4-7 with a seven-inning performance. Sean Johnson finished.
McKercher, who's had nine hits in two days and has been hitting well since the Great Falls series 11/2 weeks ago, and Allison started the Traps off in the second inning, each singling and scoring when former BYU second baseman Gary Schoonover fumbled a Marty Peralta grounder. Schoonover made four errors in the game. McKercher and Allison started a three-run Trapper fourth with singles. McKercher scored on a Chris Sloniger hit, and Allison came in on an error by Lamar Hall. Peralta scored on a balk. Sloniger drove in three Trapper runs for the game.