Ethan Coleman’s pickoff attempt floated into center field. The mistake allowed Medicine Hat's runners to advance safely to second and third. And later in the at-bat, the Moose Monarchs took advantage in the eighth inning.

A sacrifice fly to right field scored the winning run. Catcher Alton Gyselman nearly tagged the runner out, except the ball bounced above him.

After a furious eight-run comeback, Bozeman ultimately fell 15-14 in extra innings to Medicine Hat on Wednesday at Heroes Park in Game 2 of a doubleheader. Coleman came on in relief and nearly held the Moose Monarchs in check. But their attack continued into extra innings as they outlasted the Bucks.

After an 8-2 win in Game 1, Bozeman (40-14, 13-5) walked 17 while the Moose Monarchs recorded 12 hits in Game 2. Despite building a four-run lead in the first inning, Medicine Hat responded with 12 straight runs to pull in front. Despite holding Medicine Hat scoreless in the fifth and sixth innings, the Bucks’ struggles on the mound continued in the eighth.

Starting pitcher Kelher Murfitt allowed five runs on one hit while walking six and hitting two batters. Logan Pailthorpe gave up seven runs on six hits. Both only lasted 1 2/3 innings as the speedy rotation of pitchers followed.

Medicine Hat scored five runs in the second. The Moose Monarchs didn’t record their first hit of the inning until the ninth batter came to the plate. The barrage continued as Medicine Hat added three more in the third and four more in the fourth.

Coleman came on in relief with two outs and the bases loaded in the fourth and walked in a run. The Bucks trailed by eight, the largest margin of the contest.

Without pitching stalwarts Hunter Williams, Sage McMinn and Brady Higgs, Bozeman allowed the Moose Monarchs to repeatedly reach base and capitalize. But as the pitching faltered, the Bucks’ offense came through.

A furious Bozeman comeback seemed to be enough. The Bucks scored 10 straight runs after allowing 12 straight. After taking a 14-12 lead in the fifth, Bozeman regained command.

But to start the seventh, Medicine Hat doubled and then a single set up runners on the corners without any outs. A walk loaded the bases, and a sacrifice fly cut the margin to one.

With runners on the corners, Jaden Schwindt then attempted to steal second. Gyselman’s throw, which could have ended the game, soared into center field. Joel Herron trotted home from third. The game was tied once more. The contest entered the bottom of the seventh, which would have been unnecessary minutes earlier.

And with the game extended, the Moose Monarchs put their final stamp on the contest by leading off the eighth with back-to-back singles and the most important run.

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