It was the first game in Trapper history that didn't mean anything, so naturally, it was a scoreless nailbiter for 71/2 innings until the Traps manufactured a run, and then the home team came back from a 2-1 deficit to win it 3-2 in the ninth.
Just like the old Trappers.Except there's nothing to play for but pride, and that's something the Traps had never before experienced, having won the Pioneer League their first three years of existence.
Eliminated from the chase for a postseason berth with Thursday's loss, the Traps came back strong Friday night against the same Idaho Falls Braves at Derks Field, playing errorless ball and saving their only hitting cluster for the ninth, when Kelly Zane's one-out single scored Chris Sloniger. The win broke a four-game losing streak.
Ray Karczewski had singled through the box with one out, and Sloniger's hit to right put Karczewski at second. A Pat Waid ball caused an error by the Braves' second baseman, and Karzcewski scored.
Idaho Falls pulled in its outfielders for a possible play at the plate to preserve the tie, but Zane crashed a hit to the wall in left to end it.
Just because the Traps can go no further than second place in the South Division standings doesn't mean they're not going to try in their final three games.
"I will not let these guys let up," said Manager Barry Moss, threatening that if he sees anybody dogging it, they're through with the Trapper organization. "These guys are not going to play the last three games by going through the motions."
Catcher Tim McKercher and second baseman Zane engineered a run-saving out in the second when the Braves tried a delayed double steal and Zane caught Chris Jones at home for the third out.
Trappers pitcher Fred Riscen then didn't allow another baserunner until the sixth, when two doubles threatened his scoreless string. But Riscen hopped on Eric Koenig's bunt and threw out Don Campbell at third. A Steve Lopez double got Koenig to third, but he died there as two struck out.
The Traps finally broke the scoreless duel in the seventh when Jeff Allison reached on an error at shortstop and was bunted to second by Greg Ehmig. Allison broke for third on a steal, and the catcher's throw went into left, allowing Allison to score.