OGDEN -- Raptors bats notched 12 hits and the defense gave up a single run on Saturday night, as Ogden completed a four-game sweep of the Orem Owlz that couldn't have come at a better time in the 2013 Pioneer League season.
With eight games remaining in the season, Ogden pulled within a game-and-a-half of the second place Owlz after a 9-1 effort at Lindquist Field.
"We're swinging the bats well," Ogden skipper Damon Berryhill said. "We had a good series defensively that complemented good pitching, and for the most part executed and took advantage of mistakes they made."
Jake Fisher got the nod on the mound for the Raptors and struck out five through five innings on the way to his second win of the season. The lefty gave up a single run on six hits before Kyle Hooper took over in the sixth inning and pitched a near-perfect two innings, striking out five Owlz.
Hooper's hold was his league-leading fifth of the season.
"That's probably the best four-game set we've pitched at home all season," Berryhill said of the series with Orem. "We've been getting quality starts from our starters, then the bullpen has been coming in, holding them, and giving our offense a good chance to win ball games."
Ogden opened scoring with a pair of runs in the third inning, starting with an RBI single from Zach Babitt that scored Dillon Moyer who led-off the inning with a double. Babitt eventually crossed home on a base hit from Joey Curletta that hit off the center-left wall.
Down 2-0 with one out in the top of the fourth, Orem looked to get on the board with Cal Towey on third base and a sacrifice fly from Ryan Dalton. Towey however, was called out for not tagging up and after the play that negated Orem's run and ended the inning,
Orem finally found a run in the top of the first on a stand up double from Kody Eaves that hit the left field wall and scored Raul Linares.
Ogden added a run in the bottom of the sixth courtesy of Jesus Valdez, then two more in the seventh on RBI doubles from Zach Babitt and Kyle Farmer, making it 5-1.
Four base hits, an error, and a wild pitch in the bottom of the eighth helped Ogden to a 9-1 lead that held until the final out.
Babitt led the Ogden offense with three runs and a pair of RBIs on a 2-for-5 performance.
The Raptors (14-16 second half; 34-34 overall) head to Grand Junction four games out of first place with eight games remaining. Ogden will open a four-game set with the Rockies starting tonight at 6:30 p.m.
Despite the uphill battle to make the postseason, Berryhill says his guys have a shot if they continue playing the way they did through this latest series.
"Right now the guys are feeling good about themselves and they're trying to make a late push for this playoff spot," he said. "Bottom line is we've got to worry about our own business and keep winning ball games."