OGDEN -- In Utah, Pioneer Day is one of the most celebrated, fanfare-filled events of the year- packed with public spectacles and displays of majesty from start-to-finish.
The Ogden Raptors chose to kick off the mid-week holiday with a strong performance against the Helena Brewers, as the Raptors scored three runs in the first inning to take an early lead on their way to an 8-6 victory over Helena in Pioneer League play at Lindquist Field.
"We've been really solid the first inning," Raptors manager Damon Berryhill said, regarding his team. "We've been real solid early in the game, then we kind of lull it out for about five, six innings, then we pick it up late. Offensively, we've been swinging the bats ok."
The Raptors' offense saw lift-off take place in the first inning, as leadoff hitter Brandon Trinkwon launched a 2-1 pitch from Brewers starter Anthony Banda over the fence for a leadoff home run. After a pair of ground-outs, Kyle Farmer reached on a single. Farmer would end up scoring on a Jesus Valdez home run, which gave Ogden a 3-0 lead after the first inning.
The Raptors would score again in the second inning, courtesy of a solo home run from centerfielder Jacob Scavuzzo, to take a 4-0 lead.
However, after the initial fireworks of the first few innings, the game centered around the pitching performance of Ogden starter Scott Barlow.
Barlow, who entered the game with a 1-2 record, pitched six scoreless innings of three-hit ball before getting into some trouble in the seventh inning.
In the seventh for Helena, Brewers center fielder Charlie Markson hit a leadoff double, and scored on a Jose Pena RBI single to cut the Ogden lead to 4-1. Then, with runners on first and second, catcher Michael Turay hit a three-run bomb over the fence in left-center, tying the game at 4-4, ending Barlow's night.
The Raptors would come right back though, as Scavuzzo scored on a Trinkwon RBI single to left-field. Then, Dillon Moyer, the son of former MLB pitcher Jamie Moyer, scored on a sacrifice groundout to second base by Pat Stover.
To add insult to injury, Farmer hit a two-run shot over the left-field wall, giving Ogden a 8-4 lead at the inning's end.
After his earlier success, Trinkwon looked forward to the opportunity to provide a big at-bat.
"I was just up there trying to make hard contact," said Trinkwon, who was selected in the seventh round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. "He threw a cutter away, and I just stayed back and was able to slide it into left.
"[It] feels great to help my team win."
The Brewers would score two runs in the ninth inning, but Scavuzzo was able to squeeze a line shot by Angel Ortega to end the night.
Ogden's Kyle Hooper picked up the win, while Trevor Seidenberger earned the loss for Helena.
Offensive highlights include Kyle Farmer's 2-for-3 performance, and Trinkwon's two RBIs.
For the Raptors, the win ends a five-game losing streak.
Ogden begins a four-game series at Orem tonight, with an off-day on Sunday before returning home on Monday to face Grand Junction.