Warkentin swings Ogden Raptors to 11-10 victory over Owlz
A roller coaster ride throughout, the Ogden Raptors claimed an 11-10 victory over the Northern Colorado Owlz on Thursday night thanks to a two-run double from Matt Warkentin.
Ogden had just surrendered a 9-8 lead in the top of the eighth when Warkentin, who hit 4 for 5 with four RBIs and two doubles, came to the plate with two runners on after Pat Adams and Reese Alexiades drew walks to start the bottom of the eighth.
Warkentin lined a double to left field, scoring them both for an 11-10 lead. He was later left on third base on an inning-ending double play.
Jackson Lancaster didn’t need the insurance run, pitching a 1-2-3 top of the ninth with two strikeouts to record his 10th save of the season. In 18 1/3 innings, the lefty Lancaster has struck out 33 and walked 11, and holds a 1.47 ERA for the Raptors.
Alexiades also drove in four runs for Ogden. His two-run double in the third put the Raptors up 3-2.
The Owlz made it 3-3 in the fourth, then took a 6-3 lead in the fifth. Alexiades hit a two-run homer in the bottom half of the fifth to help tie the game 6-6. Warkentin singled home two in the sixth to help Ogden to a 9-6 lead.
Northern Colorado cut that to 9-8 in the seventh before a white-knuckle top of the eighth. Abdel Guadalupe doubled in a run to tie it 9-9 and, with runners on second and third, Ogden had Brandon McCabe intentionally walk a batter to load the bases and set up force outs all around.
McCabe then walked Brandon Crosby, pushing across the go-ahead run.
But with the bases still loaded, Ogden caught a break when Kevin Higgins grounded to Josh Broughton at third. He fired home for an out, then catcher Sonny Ulliana quickly turned around the relay to first base and doubled off Higgins to end the threat.
That allowed for Warkentin’s double to win the game in the bottom of the eighth.
Northern Colorado outhit Ogden 15-11 but the Raptors drew a whopping 11 walks on the night.
The same two teams play again at 7 p.m. Friday.
Ogden 11, Northern Colorado 10
Grand Junction 10, Rocky Mountain 9
Glacier 4, Boise 3 (via Knockout)
Great Falls 10, Billings 7
Idaho Falls 8, Missoula 6
PIONEER LEAGUE STANDINGS
*Missoula 18-9 (53-21 overall)
Idaho Falls 14-12 (42-32)
Great Falls 14-13 (41-33)
Billings 14-13 (39-34)
Glacier 12-15 (29-45)
Grand Junction 19-7 (45-29)
*Ogden 14-13 (43-32)
Rocky Mountain 12-13 (28-43)
Northern Colorado 10-16 (27-44)
Boise 5-21 (22-52)
*- denotes first-half champion