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Broughton, Alexiades each homer twice, Ogden Raptors bash NoCo Owlz 26-7

By Brett Hein - Standard-Examiner | Sep 8, 2022

Eugene Morgan, Ogden Raptors

Ogden Raptors hitter Josh Broughton points to the sky after hitting a home run against the Billings Mustangs on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022, at Lindquist Field in Ogden.

After a late rally got Ogden a 5-2 win Wednesday to shake off a losing streak, the Raptors broke things open and piled on Northern Colorado pitching Thursday, totaling a 26-7 road victory over the Owlz in a game that featured 10 home runs.

Christian Day got the win on the mound, allowing three runs on four hits in five innings, surrendering a pair of solo home runs with his team already up by 15 runs.

Ogden first baseman Freddy Achecar highlighted the first inning with a two-run double to put the Raptors up 4-0.

The Raptors (51-43, 22-24) scored nine runs in the third inning, featuring a Dakota Conners two-run double, Pat Adams clearing loaded bases with a double, Jesus Valdez driving in a run with a double, and Achecar hitting a two-run homer.

Josh Broughton belted a three-run homer to left-center field in the top of the fourth to put Ogden up 16-1. He then led off the sixth with a solo shot and Reese Alexiades later added a three-run dinger to make it a 21-3 game.

Matt Turner continued the homer trend for Northern Colorado (35-56, 18-28) by taking Miguel Cirino yard to lead off the bottom of the eighth. Tim Bouchard then touched up Cirino with a two-run homer to make it 21-6. That gave the Owlz four home runs out of seven total hits to that point.

Lefty Adam Scoggins shook off two rough performances and threw two hitless, scoreless innings in relief of Day, striking out three and walking one.

Broughton and Achecar each drove in four runs and scored four times to lead Ogden. Those two and Valdez each had three hits. Broughton hit 3 for 4 for his final line in just five innings.

NoCo position player Abdel Guadalupe threw the ninth for the Owlz and showed off switch-pitching, throwing left-handed to left-handers and righty to righties. He allowed three singles and two flyouts, putting the balance of marathon game on the shoulders of Alexiades. He launched a grand slam to right-center. Brian Dansereau followed with a solo homer for the final 26-7 tally.

Alexiades finished a modest 2 for 7 but drove in seven with his two home runs.

Of the game’s 10 home runs, Ogden hit six resulting in 14 runs and NoCo hit four resulting in five runs.

The two teams finish the regular season with games at 6:05 p.m. Friday and 1:05 p.m. Saturday.

THURSDAY SCORES

Ogden 26, Northern Colorado 7

Grand Junction 13, Rocky Mountain 12

Billings 12, Idaho Falls 5

Missoula 11, Boise 8

Great Falls 10, Glacier 9

PIONEER LEAGUE STANDINGS

Second Half – 2 games left

NORTH DIVISION

*^Missoula 33-13 (68-25 overall)

#Billings 27-19 (52-40)

Idaho Falls 21-24 (48-45)

Glacier 21-24 (38-54)

Great Falls 18-26 (45-46)

SOUTH DIVISION

^Grand Junction 35-11 (61-33)

*Ogden 22-24 (51-43)

Rocky Mountain 22-24 (37-55)

Northern Colorado 18-28 (35-56)

Boise 11-34 (28-65)

*-1st-half champion

^-2nd-half champion

#-at-large playoff bid

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