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Ogden Raptors: Rally short as GJ Jackalopes claim series finale 8-6

By Brett Hein - Standard-Examiner | May 28, 2023

ISAAC FISHER, Special to the Standard-Examiner

Ogden Raptors manager Kash Beauchamp, left, puts his arm around player Trevor Rogers at third base on May 28, 2023, at Lindquist Field in Ogden.

Salvatore Gozzo hit 4 for 5 in the leadoff spot and hit a three-run homer in the seventh to spark a rally for Ogden, but the Raptors fell 8-6 to the Grand Junction Jackalopes in the teams’ series finale Sunday afternoon at Linquist Field.

Gozzo, hitting leadoff with Cameron Phelts getting his first day off this season, also tripled and scored two runs.

Entering the seventh, Ogden (4-2) trailed 7-1 and had just three hits for the game. Catcher Landen Barns led off with a single and designated hitter Brandon Crosby took a hit-by-pitch to set up Gozzo’s long ball. Outfielder Brian Dansereau later doubled in two more runs to cut the Raptors’ deficit to 7-6.

Barns singled again to lead off the eighth to help get runners on the corners with one out, but GJ reliever Trey Morrill struck out Dakota Conners and Juan Teixeira to leave them there.

Ron Washington Jr. singled in a run in the top of the ninth for insurance, a run Morrill wouldn’t need. He struck out two more in a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth to secure the win for the Jackalopes. Between Friday and Sunday — GJ’s two wins in the series — Morrill earned two saves, striking out seven in three innings of work.

For the second straight day, Grand Junction (2-4) jumped on Ogden’s starter with dingers when Washington and Kokko Figueirdedo homered in the second inning against Mitchell Stone, helping the Jackalopes to an early 4-1 lead.

Stone struck out eight but allowed six earned runs on six hits and three walks over five innings in his first action for the Raptors.

Gozzo and Barns accounted for six of Ogden’s eight hits Sunday.

The Raptors have Monday off before starting a six-game series Tuesday at South Division-leading Boise. The Hawks went 5-1 in their season-opening series against Idaho Falls.


Grand Junction 8, Ogden 6

Boise 13, Idaho Falls 5

Northern Colorado 5, Rocky Mountain 3

Missoula 10, Billings 4

Billings 2, Missoula 1

Glacier at Great Falls, doubleheader postponed



Billings 3-3

Missoula 3-3

Glacier 2-2

Great Falls 2-2

Idaho Falls 1-5


Boise 5-1

Ogden 4-2

Northern Colorado 3-2

Rocky Mountain 2-3

Grand Junction 2-4


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