GREAT FALLS – It was a valiant run for the Great Falls Voyagers, but in the end it was all for naught. The Ogden Raptors won the deciding Game 3 over Great Falls 8-3 in the Pioneer League Championship Series on the evening of Sept. 17.

Game 2 was played earlier in the day, and the Voyagers found success very early. Great Falls knocked in eight runs in the bottom of the first inning, including a grand slam from catcher Nate Nolan, his first of two home runs on the day. He went 3-for-4 at the plate. The Voyagers won big, 15-3, which forced the deciding Game 3 between the two teams later that afternoon.

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Ogden looked much more confident in Game 3. The Raptors got an early lead in the game and never looked back. Ogden had 12 hits, bringing eight across in the 8-3 win in the Championship Series finale. It was the Raptors’ first Championship title since 1991.

It marked a bitter end to a wild season for the Great Falls Voyagers, who finished in last place in the north division during the first half of the season. The team did a complete rebound, though, winning the second half of the season and beating Missoula in the first round of the playoffs.