Raptors take 2 more from Vibes on Sunday
The Ogden Raptors ran their win streak to six games with another pair of seven-inning wins in a doubleheader against the Rocky Mountain Vibes on Sunday in Colorado Springs.
The Raptors go for a six-game sweep in a full nine-inning game at 12:30 p.m. Monday. They’ve outscored the Vibes 56-13 through five games (in 37 innings instead of regulation 45 due to two days of doubleheaders).
In the race for the Pioneer League’s South Division second-half title, Grand Junction topped Boise to get within two games back. There are four games left in the regular season, and GJ and Boise are playing for the right to face Ogden in the divisional playoff game Saturday, Sept. 11, in Ogden.
RAPTORS 9, VIBES 3
In Sunday’s first game, Reza Aleaziz pitched 4 2/3 scoreless relief innings, striking out five and allowing five hits, to grab the win on the mound for Ogden.
Ogden had 10 hits, all singles, drew six walks and three batters were hit by pitches. Infielder Andy Armstrong had two RBIs and catcher Kyle Kaufman totaled two hits.
Leading 4-3 after three innings, the Raptors put the game away with three runs in the fifth when Nick Michaels scored on a wild pitch, Reese Alexiades scored on a David Maberry groundout, and Pavin Parks scored on a double steal with Raul Shah taking second.
RAPTORS 9, VIBES 4
Niko Pacheco drove in two runs, Reese Alexiades had two hits and scored three runs, and Dom Abbadessa hit 3 for 4 and scored a pair of runs as Ogden overcame a 3-1 deficit after the first inning to still win comfortably.
Leading 6-4, the Raptors scored three runs in the sixth inning with two outs when Alexiades tripled in Troy Dixon, Pacheco singled in Alexiades, and Pacheco scored on an error after a single by Andy Armstrong.
Due to discrepancies in the unfinalized box score and play-by-play information available at the game’s conclusion, it’s unclear who actually pitched for Ogden in the second game.
Ogden 9, Rocky Mountain 3
Ogden 9, Rocky Mountain 4
Grand Junction 8, Boise 6
Billings 10, Idaho Falls 7
Missoula 8, Great Falls 5
Second Half – 4 games left
*Missoula 26-18 … 61-31 overall
Billings 25-19 … 43-39
Idaho Falls 21-13 … 55-37
Great Falls 20-24 … 39-53
Boise 26-18 … 46-46
Grand Junction 24-20 … 50-41
*Ogden 23-21 … 52-40
Rocky Mountain 11-33 … 21-70
* — 1st-half champion