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Ogden Raptors make 4 early homers stand up in 14-9 win at Grand Junction

By Brett Hein - Standard-Examiner | Aug 5, 2022

BRIAN WOLFER, Special to the Standard-Examiner

Oggie, the Ogden Raptors mascot, points at fans during opening night of the Pioneer Baseball League season Wednesday, May 25, 2022, at Lindquist Field in Ogden.

The Ogden Raptors socked four home runs in the first five innings Friday at Suplizio Field and ultimately claimed a 14-9 win over the Grand Junction Rockies, evening the series at 2-2 with two contests left.

Outfielder Josh Broughton homered to lead off the game in the first inning. He now has a home run, a triple and a double to lead off games this week.

In a seven-run second, second baseman Dakota Conners hit a two-run homer, Broughton added an RBI single and shortstop Jesus Valdez slugged a grand slam to put Ogden (38-26, 9-7) up 8-0.

Grand Junction (37-27, 11-5) chipped away against Ogden starter Sidney Duprey in the fourth, getting a bases-loaded double from Shawn Ross and a three-run homer from Jonah Girand to make it 8-6.

Broughton hit his second homer of the game in the fifth, a two-run shot to put the Raptors ahead 10-6 and ending the book on Rockies starter Alexander Smith, who took the loss in 4 1/3 innings by giving up eight earned runs on 12 hits. Valdez later scored on a wild pitch to make it 11-6.

GJ scored one more against Duprey in the fifth to end his night in 4 1/3 innings when he issued a bases-loaded walk. Chase Stratton, who earned the win in 1 2/3 relief innings, stranded three by taking over and getting two important outs for the Raptors.

RBI singles in the sixth and seventh got Grand Junction as close as 11-9 but Ogden broke it open in the ninth. Valdez reached six RBIs on the night with a two-run single and Brian Dansereau added an RBI hit to cap the scoring.

Broughton hit 5 for 6 with four RBIs and four runs scored.

The two teams finish their series at 6:35 p.m. Saturday and 3:35 p.m. Sunday.

FRIDAY SCORES

Ogden 14, Grand Junction 9

Rocky Mountain 8, Northern Colorado 7 (via Knockout)

Great Falls 3, Missoula 1

Billings 10, Glacier 7

Boise 11, Idaho Falls 3 (in progress – 8th inning)

PIONEER LEAGUE STANDINGS

Second Half

NORTH DIVISION

Idaho Falls 10-5 (38-25 overall)

*Missoula 9-7 (44-19)

Great Falls 9-7 (36-27)

Billings 8-8 (33-29)

Glacier 5-11 (22-41)

SOUTH DIVISION

Grand Junction 11-5 (37-27)

*Ogden 9-7 (38-26)

Northern Colorado 7-8 (24-36)

Rocky Mountain 7-8 (23-38)

Boise 3-12 (20-43)

*- denotes first-half champion

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