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Ogden Raptors lead wire to wire Sunday to take series at RM Vibes

By BRETT HEIN - Standard-Examiner | Jul 7, 2024

Kevin Johnson, Ogden Raptors

Ogden Raptors players slap hands after winning a game Sunday, May 26, 2024, at Lindquist Field in Ogden.

Chris Macca threw six good innings and the Ogden Raptors led wire to wire, defeating the Rocky Mountain Vibes 7-4 on Sunday to take the road series 4-2 in Colorado Springs.

After a 2-11 start, Ogden is now improved to 20-22 on the season. Its 18-11 mark since the poor start is a playoff-like clip but won't be enough to reach a playoff berth with six games left in the first half.

At 32-10, Missoula clinched the first-half title with a 7-4 win Sunday at Boise.

Glacier (26-16) has a two-game lead on Northern Colorado (24-18) and Oakland (24-18) in a trio of teams still vying for the first half's second and final playoff bid.

The Raptors finish the first half with a split trip to Montana, going to Billings from July 9-11 and Missoula from July 12-14.

The second half begins the next day with Ogden briefly at home, which will be rare in July, hosting Rocky Mountain for three games starting Monday, July 15, at Lindquist Field.

RAPTORS 7, VIBES 4

Nick Ultsch socked a two-run double and scored on a Pearce Howard single to open the game Sunday afternoon, getting Ogden ahead 3-0.

Chris Macca allowed two runs on eight hits, striking out seven and walking one in his six-inning start for the Raptors.

The Vibes (19-20) got their pair against Macca in the fifth, making it 3-2. But Ogden answered with three in the seventh, capped when shortstop Cole Jordan singled in two runs to go up 6-2.

Shawn Triplett gave up two runs in relief -- one in the seventh and one in the ninth -- before handing the ball to Brayden Bonner for the final two outs. Ogden pitchers struck out 13 and walked two.

Ultsch, Connor Bagnieski and Raymond Gil each doubled once and totaled two hits apiece for Ogden. Rocky Mountain outhit the Raptors 13-11 but 12 of its hits were singles.

VIBES 17, RAPTORS 11

The Raptors lost touch in late innings Saturday night, coughing up 13 unanswered runs in a loss to the Vibes.

Raymond Gil hit a two-run homer in the second and Cole Jordan a two-run blast in the fifth, the latter sparking Ogden to an 11-4 lead midway through the fifth.

But Rocky Mountain chipped away until a two-RBI single from E Yake tied the game 11-11 in the seventh.

Reliever Christian Griffin took the loss for the Raptors, allowing eight runs (six earned) while walking four batters in 1 1/3 innings. He walked in the go-ahead run with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth, and another scored via error to put the Vibes up 13-11.

Brayden Bonner entered for Ogden and surrendered a grand slam to Steven Rivas for the final score.

Jordan finished 3 for 5 with four RBIs to lead Ogden. Gil drove in three. Raptors pitchers issued eight walks while the Vibes issued just two, including zero across the final seven innings.

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