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Former Saluki pitcher Allen Montgomery fires a pitch home during SIU's doubleheader against the University of Illinois at Itchy Jones Stadium last season in Carbondale.

Former Johnston City standout Allen Montgomery picked up his first professional save late Thursday night in the Appalachian League.

Pitching for the Bristol Pirates, Montgomery needed just five pitches to retire the Greeneville Reds in order in the top of the ninth and cinch a 4-2 win at DeVault Stadium in Bristol, Virginia.

Montgomery induced a grounder to second from pinch-hitter Justin Bellinger, a grounder to third out of Mike Siani, and another grounder to second from Claudio Finoi.

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Montgomery is 0-1 with a 3.29 earned run average in eight games, covering 13 2/3 innings. He has allowed 18 hits and seven runs, five of them earned, while walking eight and fanning 13.

Montgomery, who made his professional debut on July 10 with 1 1/3 scoreless innings at Pulaski, has pitched well over his last four outings. He’s permitted just one earned run and seven hits in 8 2/3 innings, issuing three walks and whiffing eight.

In 27 games out of the SIU bullpen this spring as a senior, Montgomery went 2-0 with a 5.44 ERA. He signed a free agent contract with the Pittsburgh organization on June 24.

Bristol currently has a 22-25 record. The league’s season ends on Aug. 29.

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