KALISPELL -- The Billings Scarlets got back in the win column by sweeping a conference doubleheader on the road Friday against the Kalispell Lakers. The Scarlets won by scores of 6-4 and 2-0.
The Scarlets trailed by two runs in the opener until the third inning, when Jalen Garcia drove in A.J. Smith with a double and Collin Maier brought in Jackson Cobb on an RBI groundout. They took the lead an inning later as Garcia and Jake Tallman drove in the go-ahead runs.
Michael Merchant had eight strikeouts in seven innings to get the win.
In the second game, Scarlets pitcher Gordy Sveinson threw a three-hit shutout, striking out five and walking none. Cobb and Tallman each scored in the third inning, and that was all the Scarlets needed.
Billings, which entered Friday on a three-game losing streak, is now 22-8-1 overall and 6-2 in the league. They host Great Falls for a doubleheader on Sunday at Pirtz Field.