OGDEN -- Tuesday night, Ogden Raptors manager Damon Berryhill stressed Ogden's need for victories, to stay in the hunt for the South Division's second-half title.
Instead of Ogden being inspired by his words, it was Great Falls who responded to adversity on Wednesday, beating the Raptors, 16-11, in Pioneer League action at Lindquist Field.
The Voyagers scored early and often against Raptor starter Scott Barlow, with catcher Trey Wimmer hitting a solo home run in the second inning to give Great Falls a 1-0 lead.
Ogden would respond in the bottom half of the inning, as Jake Curletta hit a leadoff double and eventually scored on a Dillon Moyer sacrifice fly ball, tying the game at one apiece.
From here, Great Falls would open the flood gates, scoring three runs in the third inning, courtesy of a three-run home run by Voyager first baseman Corey Thompson. Then, in the top of the fourth, a number of Voyagers took a base through a variety of ways- primarily extra base hits. An Adam Engel double scored Christian Stringer, causing Barlow to be pulled, and a Jairo Kelly double scored Engel. After an out, the carnage continued as Zach Voight walked, and scored on a Thompson RBI double which also scored Kelly, giving Great Falls a 9-1 lead.
The Voyagers scored again in the fifth, with an Engel fly ball scoring left fielder Mike Carballo.
Ogden strongly responded in the bottom of the fifth, as Adam Law, son of former BYU baseball coach Ty Law, hit a double in the right-field gap, scoring Jesmuel Valentin. Then, Pat Stover knocked a ball out of Lindquist Field for a two-run shot. Additionally, Jesus Valdez scored stealing home, and Justin Chigobogu scored on an Austin Cowen RBI single. In all, a five-run output which cut Great Falls' lead to 10-6.
Valentin would score again in the sixth, off a Law single.
With the Raptors back within three runs, Great Falls again opened up its offense, scoring four runs off reliever Jordan Hershiser. Hershiser gave up a home run to Thompson, and doubles to Stringer and Kelly. This output put the game out of reach, as the Raptors were never again able to seriously threaten the Voyagers.
Barlow earned the loss for Ogden, falling to 2-3 on the season, while Matt Abrahamson earned the victory for Great Falls.
Offensive highlights on the night included Joey Curletta's 2-for-3 performance for Ogden, and Corey Thompson's 3-for-6 performance for Great Falls, which included six runs-batted-in.
The Raptors left nine runners on base over the course of the night.
The Raptors and Voyagers will battle again tonight, in the third game of a four-game set. Francisco Villa is scheduled to start for Ogden.