Boise uses late homers to rally past Raptors 9-7 in penultimate game
The Ogden Raptors wasted a 6-1 lead and fell 9-7 to the Boise Hawks in an ultimately meaningless matchup in the penultimate game of the regular season Thursday night at Lindquist Field.
Josh Broughton hit a leadoff home run in the first for Ogden (54-41, 25-22 second half). The Raptors made it 6-1 in the sixth with five runs, including two-RBI singles from Troy Dixon and Kyle Kaufman.
For the second consecutive night, Boise’s Nate Fisbeck hit a solo home run to make it 6-2, this time in the seventh. Ogden pitcher Tate Budnick surrendered that and a two-run homer to Myles Miller to make it 6-5.
Boise (48-47, 28-19) finished the rally in the eighth against Jack Cunningham when Wladimir Galindo homered to make it 6-6, and Fisbeck singled in Roby Enriquez for a 7-6 lead.
Dixon singled in Pavin Parks to tie it 7-7 in the bottom of the eighth.
Parks pitched the ninth for the second straight night, with outfielder Jakob Goldfarb at third base and pitcher Kida De La Cruz in left field. Parks was not as successful as he was Wednesday night; Jason Dicochea hit what was a deciding two-run homer to center field, despite De La Cruz’s best efforts to run down a fly ball the batter prior.
De La Cruz then singled with one out in the bottom of the ninth, but that was as much of a threat Ogden posed and Boise won 9-7.
The two teams finish the regular season at 6:30 p.m. Friday night.
Then comes the one-game Pioneer League South Division knock-out game at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, also at Lindquist Field.
At the time of this writing, Missoula had taken an 11-4 lead on Billings in the eighth inning Thursday night. If that result holds, it would deliver Missoula the second-half title in the North Division, which would then hand the North’s second playoff spot to Idaho Falls.