The Helena Brewers (3-4) won their first extra inning contest of the season, defeating the Missoula Osprey (3-4) 7-4 in 10 innings on Wednesday night.
Marcos Diplan got the start for the Brewers, giving another excellent performance. Diplan would pitch seven innings, giving up just two runs on six hits and recording seven strikeouts. He would not receive a decision.
Helena jumped on the board first with a run in the top of the second. Jake Gatewood doubled to lead off the inning and scored on an RBI grounder from Jose Cuas. Gatewood led the Brewers offensively, going 3-for-4 with three doubles, three RBI and three runs scored. He now has four doubles on the year.
The Osprey would overcome multiple two-run deficits in the game, scoring two runs in the fifth and eighth innings. Zach Hoffpauir and Joey Armstrong hit back-to-back solo homers in the fifth off of Diplan. Five of the six hits that Diplan surrendered would be for extra bases.
Tied 4-4 going to the 10th, the Brewers wasted no time taking the lead for good. Blake Allemand led off with a single off of Cody Clark (0-2). Allemand is now on a league-leading seven-game hitting streak. Gatewood collected his third double of the game later in the inning, scoring Monte Harrison and Steven Karkenny on the play.
The Brewers and Osprey will face off in the second game of their two-game series Thursday at Allegiance Field Ogren Park. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.