Ogden Raptors: Stratton two-hits Jackalopes over 8 innings but GJ wins 3-0
OGDEN — Chase Stratton threw both well and wild in his start for the Ogden Raptors on Friday night.
He allowed two hits over eight innings but took the loss as the Grand Junction Jackalopes got in the win column for the first time, prevailing 3-0 over the Raptors at Lindquist Field despite Ogden ending the game with a 9-3 hits advantage.
The lefty from Clearfield no-hit the Jackalopes (1-3) through four innings. But Stratton also issued five walks, threw three wild pitches — two of which scored GJ runners from third — and also committed two throwing errors on pickoff moves.
GJ pushed across a first-inning run when Stratton walked Joe Johnson, who advanced to second on a pickoff error and scored on a wild pitch.
Jackalopes catcher Kevin Saenz ended the no-hitter to lead off the fifth, doubling to left field. He later scored on a wild pitch, then Jacob Cruce singled in Jaylen Hubbard (who was put on base with an intentional walk) to make the visitors’ lead 3-0.
Ogden (3-1) threatened in the bottom of the fifth when Nick Ultsch and catcher Landen Barns each singled. Cameron Phelts struck out swinging and shortstop Salvatore Gozzo walked to load the bases.
Then Brandon Crosby was on the wrong side of fate, it seemed.
Crosby worked the count full in an at-bat that saw him take two called strikes that were well outside. On his first full-count offering, GJ hurler Keenan Bartlett threw far enough inside that it hit the knob of Crosby’s bat for a foul ball. Crosby then swung through a curve ball to end the frame.
Stratton struck out the side in the seventh and then retired the Jackalopes in four pitches in the eighth.
The Raptors tallied two more hits in the bottom of the eighth, from Tim Bouchard and Juan Teixeira, but Ultsch grounded out with runners on the corners to end that threat.
Brandon McCabe threw a scoreless ninth for Ogden before Trey Morrill took the mound in the bottom half. He struck out Barns, Brian Dansereau and Phelts, all looking, to end the game.
The two teams finish the series at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
Grand Junction 3, Ogden 0
Rocky Mountain 17, Northern Colorado 6
Boise 6, Idaho Falls 0
Missoula 5, Billings 1
Glacier 17, Great Falls 11
PIONEER LEAGUE STANDINGS
Great Falls 2-2
Idaho Falls 1-3
Northern Colorado 2-1
Rocky Mountain 1-2
Grand Junction 1-3