You'd think the Salt Lake Trappers would be in a hurry to get home from their wretched season-opening road trip, but they strung it out about as long as you can in baseball Friday night at Alumni Coliseum before making the eight-hour bus trip home to meet Idaho Falls in Derks Field at 7 p.m. Saturday night.
The 1-4 Traps went for 4:45 hours Friday night, using seven pitchers before finally falling 16-13 the Copper Kings. They succumbed with the tying run at the plate and runners on second and third when Benny Castillo bounced out to short.Salt Lake led briefly, 10-8 in the sixth inning with a five-run outburst, Jeff Cooper and Rick Hertensteiner each hitting two-run singles in the six-hit inning. The Copper Kings, however, soon went ahead 11-10 with a three-run sixth, and Jim Koehler hit a grand-slam home run off reliever Joe Guthrie for a 15-11 lead in the seventh. Frank Parra singled in another run, and it was 16-11 to end the seventh.
The Traps scored two runs in the eighth on a Keith Rader single to make it 16-13.
Reliever Jim Gilligan was Salt Lake's most successful pitcher, striking out the only man he faced in the seventh and facing just four batters in the eighth, surrendering a single to the University of Utah's Mike Edwards. Sandy's Jason Ayala was Butte's starting pitcher and held a 4-0 lead in the fourth.