Raptors season-finale rained out; playoffs begin Saturday in Ogden
Mother Nature made it so the Ogden Raptors and Boise Hawks didn’t have to pitch a bunch of position players in a game that held no meaning to the season’s conclusion or coming playoffs.
The Raptors and Hawks made it midway through the second inning Friday night in the final game of the Pioneer League’s regular season before the rain and thunderstorms that disrupted prep football across the area put the baseball game under delay.
It was soon decided to cancel the game, tarp the field and make sure Saturday’s playoff game would not be affected.
The Raptors finish their first season in the newly independent Pioneer League with a record of 54-41. Boise is 48-47.
In the South Division, Ogden won the first half (record: 29-19) and Boise the second half (28-19), matching the two up for a one-game, winner-take-all divisional playoff game at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Lindquist Field.
Tickets are all reserved and cost $15 apiece. Should Ogden win Saturday, that ticket will also grant a fan admission into whatever games Sept. 15-16 the Raptors might host in the league championship series.
In the North Division, Idaho Falls (58-38) earned a playoff berth by virtue of having the North’s next-best overall record. That’s because Missoula (65-31) won both halves, and will host that division’s knock-out game Saturday.
No matter who wins Saturday, the winner of the North divisional game will host Game 1 of the best-of-three PBL championship series Monday, Sept. 13. After a travel day Tuesday, the South representative will host Game 2 and, if necessary, Game 3 on Wednesday, Sept. 15, and Thursday, Sept. 16.
Ogden designated hitter and occasional first baseman David Maberry claimed the PBL’s batting title for 2021, finishing the season with a .412 batting average.
Maberry joined the team June 2, about two weeks into the season, and made his professional debut by crushing a pinch-hit grand slam in his first at-bat to break open a tie game that Ogden would go on to win.
Outfielder Josh Broughton was second in batting average at .405.
Outfielder Jakob Goldfarb just missed the home-run title with 24, as Missoula’s Zach Almond has 26. Both beat the former league record of 23, but in a longer season.
Goldfarb ran away with the stolen-base crown, totaling 45. The next-best player had 29.
Outfielder Dom Abbadessa led the league in triples with 14 (13 with Great Falls, one after his trade to Ogden). Idaho Falls outfielder Matt Feinstein won the RBI title with 116; Ogden’s Pavin Parks was one of three to cross 100 with 102.
The Raptors won the league’s attendance title for the 24th consecutive season. Entering Friday, Ogden averaged 3,370 fans over 46 games.