Ogden Raptors split doubleheader to open road trip in Boise
The Ogden Raptors managed just three hits in their first away game of the season, taking a 6-0 defeat against the Boise Hawks in the first game of a Wednesday doubleheader to open a six-game road series.
Then when the teams took the field for Wednesday’s second game, the Raptors totaled three hits on home runs alone, enough to claim a 9-7 victory.
The two teams continue the series at 7:05 p.m. Thursday.
HAWKS 6, RAPTORS 0
Boise starter Matt Voelker threw a seven-inning shutout, striking out two and walking four in Wednesday’s first game.
The Hawks jumped on Ogden starter Ed Baram early, going up 4-0 after two innings. Those four runs were bookended by sacrifice flies and highlighted by an Anthony Walters RBI double. Baram allowed five earned runs on six hits, four walks and three strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings.
Shortstop Salvatore Gozzo, designated hitter Juan Teixeira and outfielder Brian Dansereau each recorded one single for the Raptors.
Ogden advanced only one baserunner past first base in the seven innings. That came when Dansereau singled to lead off the top of the second and catcher Landen Barns followed with a walk. They were left there after Voelker retired the next three batters in order.
RAPTORS 9, HAWKS 7
Ogden (5-3) hit three home runs to build a 9-3 lead, then held on for a close victory in Wednesday’s second game against Boise (6-2).
Nick Ultsch hit an RBI double in the second inning and Dakota Conners drew a bases-loaded walk, good for a 2-0 lead but with scoring opportunities left unconverted.
Reese Alexiades hit a solo homer in the fourth for Ogden. Then Juan Teixeira hit a solo home run in the fifth, followed by a three-run shot from Ultsch. It ballooned into a six-run inning on an error and a wild pitch and the Raptors led 9-3.
Brock Gilliam threw five strong innings for the Raptors. Through five complete, he allowed three runs on two hits, struck out 10 and walked two. But he opened the sixth by walking a batter and hitting another, so he was pulled for Foster Pace. Boise converted three RBI singles against Pace, two of which were charged to Gilliam’s run total, and Trevor Minder hit a sacrifice fly to make it 9-7.
Dan Kubiuk threw a 1-2-3 seventh to earn the save for Ogden.
Ultsch finished hitting 2 for 3 with four RBIs. Catcher Logan Williams, who played 22 games for the Raptors last season, rejoined the team this week and hit 2 for 3, scoring two runs, in the win.
Anthony Walters homered and drove in three runs to lead Boise.
Ogden 9, Boise 7
Boise 6, Ogden 0
Idaho Falls 3, Grand Junction 1
Idaho Falls 12, Grand Junction 8
Missoula 17, Rocky Mountain 4
Glacier 5, Billings 2
Great Falls at Northern Colorado, postponed
PIONEER LEAGUE STANDINGS
Great Falls 2-3
Idaho Falls 3-5
Northern Colorado 4-2
Rocky Mountain 2-5
Grand Junction 2-6