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Great escapes help Ogden Raptors win 4th straight at Glacier on Saturday

By BRETT HEIN - Standard-Examiner | Jun 8, 2024

ISAAC FISHER, Special to the Standard-Examiner

The Ogden Raptors' dugout on May 27, 2023, at Lindquist Field Ogden.

The win column doesn’t care how cleanly you put away a game, just that you have one more run than your opponent when the final out is recorded.

The Ogden Raptors proved as much Saturday night, escaping two final sloppy innings to hold on to a victory — their fourth straight win, one that clinches the road series — in a 6-5 triumph over the Glacier Range Riders in Kalispell, Montana.

Ogden (6-11) and Glacier (10-7) finish the series at 1:05 p.m. Sunday. The Raptors have climbed out of last place and into ninth in the 12-team Pioneer Baseball League standings, still early in the first half.

Leading 6-4 in the eighth inning, usually tough reliever Christian Griffin took the mound for the Raptors and issued three walks, and catcher Thomas Greely committed an error. Quinn Waterhouse entered and hit a batter before inducing a double-play groundout. Somehow, Glacier plated just one run in that sequence to make it 6-5.

Waterhouse rightly earned his third save of the season as Raymond Gil committed two errors at second base in the ninth — but a groundout and a strikeout left the potential tying run on first base and kept Ogden streaking.

Glacier took a 3-0 lead in the first on a Mason Dinesen RBI double. But Raptors starter Rafael Vazquez settled in and pitched around 10 hits by striking out seven, and strung together four scoreless innings after the first for an eventual victory.

Shane Gustafson allowed one run in two relief innings, surrendering consecutive two-out doubles in the seventh inning that made the score 6-4 before he handed the ball to Griffin.

After going down 3-0, Ogden’s Nick Ultsch drove in one with a single and Pearce Howard singled home two more to knot it 3-3 in the third.

Ogden scored the rest of what it needed in the fifth inning: Chris Sargent singled in Jack Cone, Kenny Oyama scored on a wild pitch and Sargent plated on a catcher’s error.

Glacier outhit Ogden 13-7 while the Raptors totaled five errors to the Range Riders’ two.

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