Grand Junction put together the best season in the franchise's first seven years, but the Rockies couldn't rally one final time, falling 6-4 to Great Falls on Thursday in the second game of the best-of-three Pioneer League championship series.
After a one-hour rain delay, Trent Fennell allowed four runs in the first two innings, recording only three outs. As has been the case all season, the bullpen kept the Rockies in the game, allowing only one run in the third and throwing four shutout innings until an insurance run came home in the eighth.
Grand Junction, which finished the season 45-36, did not lead at any time in the two championship series games.
The offense left the tying run on third base in the eighth inning, and in the ninth stranded to more.
Daniel Montano led off the eighth with a double and moved to third when Javier Guevara grounded out. John Cresto and Reese Berberet both struck out to strand the tying run.
Hunter Stovall's hard ground ball skipped over shortstop to get the Rockies' first run home in the fifth inning, scoring John Cresto, who led off with a base hit. Will Golsan walked and came home on a pair of passed balls.
Two more runs came home in the sixth, with Niko Decolati leading off with a base hit, and with one out, Guevara walked and Cresto hit a long single to center to load the bases.
Reese Berberet forced Cresto at second, scoring Decolati, and Guevara came home on a throwing error that allowed Berberet to reach safely and advance to second. Golsan's bid for an RBI single up the middle was stopped by Amado Nunez, putting runners at the corners, but reliever Devon Perez struck out Hunter Stovall.
In the ninth, Coco Montes and Grant Lavigne hit back-to-back two-out singles, but Perez, who played for Iowa Western Community College in the 2015 and 2016 Alpine Bank Junior College World Series, struck out Niko Decolati to secure the championship for the Voyagers.
Great Falls won only 12 games in the second half of the season and finished with the second-worst overall record, but swept Billings and Grand Junction to wrap up the franchise's 13th Pioneer League title.