Ogden Raptors: Barns gives Ogden the lead, Scoggins keeps it for win at Boise
Landen Barns gave Ogden the lead with a clutch hit in the eighth inning, Adam Scoggins slammed the door shut from there on the mound and the Raptors claimed a 6-5 win over the Boise Hawks in the third game of their road series Thursday.
With the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the eighth, the catcher Barns worked his way back from an 0-2 count and singled to left-center, scoring two runs and turning a 5-4 deficit into a 6-5 lead.
It was Barns’ only hit of the night and the final of only six hits for Ogden (6-3).
Marshall Shill took the mound in the eighth for Ogden and put two aboard with a walk and a single. That’s when the lefty sidearmer Scoggins took over, striking out two to get out of the inning. Scoggins finished the save by striking out two more in the ninth.
Boise (6-3) scored all of its runs against starter Jake Mulholland. The Hawks racked up six of their 12 hits in Mulholland’s two innings, pushing across five runs highlighted by a two-run homer from catcher Sean Skelly.
Ogden outfielder Reese Alexiades drove in three, homering for the second straight game with a two-run blast in the first and hitting a sacrifice fly in the third to score Cameron Phelts to cut the Raptors’ deficit to 5-4.
The score remained that way until the eighth. Gage O’Brien took the loss, walking the bases loaded between outs to set up Barns’ winner.
Right-handed reliever Riley Ottesen turned in another stellar long-relief performance, taking over for Mulholland and throwing 3 1/3 scoreless frames, allowing three hits. Brandon McCabe added 1 2/3 scoreless with two strikeouts, allowing one hit, and was the pitcher of record when Ogden took the lead.
In three appearances this season, Ottesen has not allowed a run in 8 2/3 innings while giving up seven hits, striking out six and walking two.
The two teams play again at 7:05 p.m. Friday.
Ogden 6, Boise 5
Great Falls 8, Nothern Colorado 4
Northern Colorado 10, Great Falls 7
Idaho Falls 15, Grand Junction 2
Rocky Mountain 10, Missoula 9
Glacier 7, Billings 4
PIONEER LEAGUE STANDINGS
Idaho Falls 4-5
Great Falls 3-4
Northern Colorado 5-3
Rocky Mountain 3-5
Grand Junction 2-7