OGDEN -- After a second half of the season which seemed it would never end, the Ogden Raptors finally got to finish the season.
However, a night after Ogden came from behind on a walk-off hit to beat Grand Junction, the Rockies returned the favor, winning 6-3 in the final Pioneer League game of the season, at Lindquist Field.
"Offensively, we didn't swing the bats very well," Raptors manager Damon Berryhill said. "A lot of over-swinging, last day of the season guys trying to do too much."
The Rockies came out eager to prove Saturday's night win was a fluke. Grand Junction scored a run in the first inning, when centerfielder Raimel Tapia scored on a Jose Briceno single, giving the Rockies a 1-0 lead.
The Raptors would respond in the second inning though, with Pat Stover hitting a two-out double to score Jacob Scavuzzo, tying the game at 1-1.
Then, in the bottom of the third inning, Jesmuel Valentin led off with a sharply hit ball down the right-field foul line which he turned into a lead-off triple. Then, the next hitter, Kyle Farmer, hit a single to right field, scoring Valentin and giving the Raptors a 2-1 lead.
Grand Junction didn't go quietly though, as Jose Briceno tied the game at 2-2 on a two-out, solo home run to right-centerfield in the sixth inning.
The Rockies hit another bomb in the seventh inning, with Jairo Rosario connecting on a two-run shot to left field.
Ryan McMahon scored in the ninth inning for Grand Junction, on a Miguel Dilone sacrifice fly ball into right field. Then, a Ryan Garvey double scored another run for the Rockies.
Ogden starter Luis De Paula went six innings, giving up two runs. Franklin Perez took the loss for the Raptors, giving up two runs in the seventh inning.
"Luis went out and pitched a great ballgame- a solid five innings and made just the one mistake with the home run in the sixth," Berryhill said. "He gave us an opportunity to win."
The Rockies will now face the Idaho Falls Chukars in the opening series of the Pioneer League playoffs. The Raptors finished the season with a 37-39 record, going 17-21 in the second half.
Despite Ogden's struggles, Berryhill was still positive about his team's performance.
"Overall, I'm pretty pleased with the season," he said. "I think guys made a lot of improvements this year, and the new guys learned a lot about professional baseball. It's always disappointing when you don't get a playoff spot but overall these kids worked hard a
* RAPTORS 9, ROCKIES 8: Saturday night's battle with the Grand Junction Rockies started about 90 minutes late due to rainy conditions, and continued late into the night at Lindquist Field.
With one out in the ninth inning, Ogden's Kyle Farmer stroked a walk-off two-RBI single to give Ogden the 9-8 victory.
According to the Raptors stats crew, it was the first time all season the Raptors were successful in rallying after the sixth inning all season long.
Saturday's contest see-sawed back and forth from the first pitch.
The Rockies, who will meet Idaho Falls in a South Division playoff series starting on Monday night, scored a pair in the top of the first inning, but Ogden scored three in the bottom half of the inning, thanks to doubles by Jesmuel Valentin and Kyle Farmer.
Grand Junction answered with three in the top of the second innning. Ryan Garvey singled to open the inning, the first of four hits in the frame.
Ogden answered in typical Raptors fashion in the bottom of the third inning, using home runs by Gerson Nunez, Pioneer League all-star Jacob Scavuzzo and Justin Chigbogu.