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Arevalo, Ogden Raptors cruise past Idaho Falls 10-2 on Saturday

By Brett Hein - Standard-Examiner | Jun 10, 2023

ISAAC FISHER, Special to the Standard-Examiner

Ogden Raptors second baseman Dakota Conners throws to first against the Grand Junction Jackalopes on opening night Tuesday, May 23, 2023, at Lindquist Field in Ogden.

OGDEN -- Trading turns with good starting outings on the mound continued for the fifth of a six-game series between the Ogden Raptors and the Idaho Falls Chukars.

Saturday night it was Ogden's turn. Pablo Arevalo threw a strong 6 1/3 innings for Ogden while the Raptors chased Idaho Falls starter Dusty Baird after three innings. The end result gave the Raptors a 10-2 win in front of 4,644 fans at Lindquist Field.

Raptors (10-7) outfielder Brian Dansereau got things started in the second inning, lifting a two-run homer off the scoreboard in left field. Infielder Rafael Narea launched a solo homer to left-center in the third inning and Dansereau later scored on a bases-loaded walk to Dakota Conners for a 4-0 lead, bringing Baird's night to a close.

Arevalo, meanwhile, followed up his complete-game win Sunday in Boise with a less-dominant outing Saturday but one in which he still held full command. Arevalo allowed just three hits and walked zero through five scoreless innings before Idaho Falls (7-10) found some success in the sixth. Karl Koerper led off the sixth with a double, and he and Bryce Brown scored on a CJ Dunn single for the Chukars' only runs of the game.

Arevalo ended with seven strikeouts and one walk over his 6 1/3, allowing six hits.

Brandon McCabe (2/3 inning), Dan Kubiuk (one inning) and Adam Scoggins (one inning) finished the final 2 2/3 innings on the mound, allowing just two more hits.

Ogden kept rapping despite not needing any more runs. Cam Phelts doubled to lead off the bottom of the fifth and scored on a Conners single, and Juan Teixeira's sacrifice fly scored Nick Ultsch for what was a 7-0 lead.

After the Chukars got on the board, Ogden stretched it to the final 10-2 margin in the eighth. After Narea led off the frame with a single, he and Riley Ottesen (pinch running for Landen Barns) each scored on wild pitches from Idaho Falls reliever Jeffrey Rotz before Conners drove in Dansereau with a sacrifice fly.

Conners finished 4 for 4 at the plate with three RBIs. Narea and Phelts also had two hits and the Raptors outhit the Chukars 15-8.

The two teams finish the series at 2 p.m. Sunday.

SATURDAY SCORES

Ogden 10, Idaho Falls 2

Grand Junction 23, Northern Colorado 9

Rocky Mountain 7, Boise 4

Glacier 15, Billings 8

Missoula 9, Great Falls 8

PIONEER LEAGUE STANDINGS

Through June 10

NORTH DIVISION

Glacier 11-4

Missoula 12-5

Idaho Falls 7-10

Great Falls 5-10

Billings 4-13

SOUTH DIVISION

Northern Colorado 10-6

Boise 10-7

Ogden 10-7

Grand Junction 8-9

Rocky Mountain 5-11

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