Groen leads shutout effort, Ogden Raptors top Boise 7-0 on Saturday
Gunnar Groen turned in six innings for the win and led a contingent of five Ogden Raptors pitchers who combined for a shutout as the visitors beat the Boise Hawks 7-0 on Saturday night at Memorial Stadium in Boise.
Josh Broughton hit 3 for 5 with two doubles and scored two runs to help the effort at the plate.
Groen, the 6-foot-6 Texas right-hander, gave up four hits and pitched around three walks by striking out four across six innings.
Boise (3-7) recorded just one hit over the final 5 1/3 innings and it came with no outs in the seventh when the Hawks last threatened to score. Ogden’s Miguel Cirino took over for Groen and hit the leadoff batter Haloa Dudoit, then surrendered a single to Greg White before getting James Smyth to ground into a double play.
With Dudoit on third base, Chase Stratton walked former Raptor Sean Skelly, then struck out Raymond Gil to end the inning.
Evan Parker pitched the eighth and hit a batter but otherwise was unscathed. Jorge Gonzalez threw a 1-2-3 ninth inning to complete the shutout.
The Raptors (6-3) held a slim lead through most of the contest. Second baseman Dakota Conners drove in catcher Andrew Noviello with a sacrifice fly for the game’s first run in the third inning. In the fourth, Ogden outfielders grew the lead to 3-0 when Reese Alexiades singled in Broughton, then Pat Adams doubled in Alexiades.
The eighth inning brought a clinic in patience as the Raptors pushed the lead to 7-0 with just two hits, as four batters drew walks and one was hit by a pitch, almost all of which came on two-strike counts. With two outs, third baseman Jesus Valdez took a ball to the leg to push across the first run. Adams and Noviello walked, then Conners legged out an infield single to score the inning’s final run.
Adams and Conners each drove in two runs. Designated hitter Anthony Ray hit a triple.
The Raptors are up 4-1 in the series and the two teams conclude the six-game set at 2 p.m. Sunday.
After traveling home Monday, the Raptors open a six-game series against the Northern Colorado Owlz from June 7-12 at Lindquist Field.
Ogden 7, Boise 0
Grand Junction 11, Idaho Falls 7
Northern Colorado 6, Rocky Mountain 4
Billings 16, Glacier 8
Billings 6, Glacier 5
Great Falls 7, Missoula 5
Through games completed June 4
Great Falls 9-2
Idaho Falls 7-3
Northern Colorado 4-5
Grand Junction 3-6
Rocky Mountain 1-9