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Alexiades reaches 29 homers, Raptors beat Idaho Falls in finale; Vibes and playoffs Monday

By Brett Hein - Standard-Examiner | Sep 9, 2023

BRIAN WOLFER, Special to the Standard-Examiner

Reese Alexiades, center, celebrates his home run with Ogden Raptors teammates on June 24, 2023, at Lindquist Field in Ogden.

Reese Alexiades homered twice, finishing with a Pioneer League-best and single-season franchise record 29 home runs, and the Ogden Raptors held on to beat Idaho Falls 10-9 on Saturday in the final game of the regular season.

Ogden finishes the season on a five-game winning streak and reached 50 wins, totaling a 50-46 record.

Alexiades hit a two-run homer, along with a solo shot from Landen Barns, to get Ogden ahead 3-0 in the first inning.

Idaho Falls went up 5-3 against Raptors starter Isaac Keehn, led by a three-run homer from Tyler Wyatt.

Alexiades hit a solo shot and Jonathan Soto a two-run homer as part of a five-run fifth to get Ogden a 9-5 lead.

Michael Kohn hit a two-run homer off Marshall Shill in the bottom of the fifth to make it 9-7.

Ogden got what proved to be the game-winning run when Soto hit a sacrifice fly to score Logan Williams in the eighth inning.

Brandon Bonner gave up two Idaho Falls runs in the eighth but induced a bases-loaded groundout to leave the score at 10-9.

Brandon McCabe pitched the ninth for Ogden, issuing a four-pitch walk to start the frame but striking out two and getting a pop-out to end the game.

Below is how Ogden fared against each opponent during the regular season:

Idaho Falls 13-5

Rocky Mountain 13-11

Boise 10-8

Grand Junction 5-4

Missoula 4-5

Northern Colorado 4-5

Glacier 1-2

Billings 0-6


In the North Division, Billings beat Northern Colorado by one run for the second straight night to win the second-half title and complete the playoff field.

Both playoff series begin Monday, Sept. 11, hosted by second-half champions (Rocky Mountain and Billings). Game 2 (and Game 3, if necessary) will be hosted by first-half champions (Ogden and Missoula) on Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 13-14.

SOUTH: OGDEN (50-46) vs. ROCKY MOUNTAIN (48-47)

Despite a second-half struggle, the Ogden Raptors still finished with the South Division’s best overall record. The Vibes, behind a strong offense, went 28-20 and won the second half by three games over Grand Junction.

Ogden won the regular-season series 13-11 — a 7-2 advantage in the first half, but 6-9 in the second half.

The Vibes are managed by former Raptors pitching coach Les Lancaster and feature several former Ogden pitchers.

NORTH: MISSOULA (66-29) vs. BILLINGS (51-45)

The Missoula Paddleheads were again the class of the league on the field.

The regular-season series with Billings was a battle, however. Missoula claimed a 10-8 advantage despite hammering most of the rest of the league.

Billings won 17 of its final 19 games to win the second half and reach the playoffs.

The Glacier Range Riders went 54-42, the second-best record in the 10-team league, but will not participate in the playoffs due to not winning either half in the North Division.


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