MERIDIAN - Had Montana Bilger's jersey not already been green, he'd have an epic grass stain after his efforts Thursday night.
The Borah junior made a head-first, diving catch in right field to rob Mountain View's Connor Odneal of a hit and force extra innings in their 5A Southern Idaho Conference baseball game at Mountain View High.
The Lions then scored three runs in the top of the eighth and turned a double play in the Mavericks' half of the inning to come away with a 3-0 victory and a shot at taking over second place in the conference standings.
"It was more instinct, just seeing the ball and going and getting it," said Bilger, who also went 2-for-3 at the plate with a run scored. "I guess it was a little gutsy, but you have to make plays in games like this."
Borah junior Lucas Keefe led off the top of the eighth with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice by junior Connor Wood. Bilger's single up the middle put Keefe on third base, and the Borah catcher was able to break through for the first score of the game on a Mountain View error.
Senior left fielder Sam O'Neil followed with a two-out double into the gap in right field to score Bilger and Matt Woolley, who reached on an error.
The game was scoreless through seven innings as Borah's Cole Skinner and Mountain View's Kody Garvin were locked in a pitchers' duel, giving up a combined five hits.
Skinner was relieved by junior Miles Bigelow in the bottom of the seventh. Bigelow pitched two shutout innings with three strikeouts and two walks to improve to 5-0 this season.
"I think it was great how we didn't get down. We weren't having the best at-bats. We weren't doing our greatest, but we still went out there and got the win," Bigelow said. "That's what I am most proud of."
Borah (13-5, 10-5) hosts Mountain View (14-5, 10-5) at 6 p.m. Friday in the second game of their home-and-home series. The winner takes over the No. 2 spot in the conference standings with two games remaining in the regular season.
"What's great about it is finishing the season with something on the line so it gets us ready for the district tournament," Borah coach Wes McAllaster said. "It keeps our game at a high level and, more importantly, keeps the intensity that we're going to need to carry over to the district tournament."
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