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One-hitter turns into scare, but Ogden Raptors split doubleheader Saturday at GJ

By BRETT HEIN - Standard-Examiner | Jun 22, 2024

After two days of rainouts, Ogden and Grand Junction finally took the field Saturday afternoon for a doubleheader of seven-inning games in the Pioneer League.

Despite scoring 46 runs in the first two games of the series, it took Ogden nine innings to get on the scoreboard Saturday.

The Raptors (12-16) suffered a shutout loss in Game 1, then survived a scare from the Jackalopes (9-19) after letting go of a shutout win in Game 2 to split the day.

The two teams play another doubleheader at 11 a.m. Sunday to finish the series.

RAPTORS 6, JACKALOPES 3

In Saturday's Game 2, Raptors starter Eli Elliot keyed a one-hit shutout into the seventh inning.

Ogden gave the ball to shutdown closer Quinn Waterhouse and Grand Junction ended his shutout streak with one swing. Outfielder Ethan Smith cracked a three-run homer, stopping Waterhouse at 14 2/3 scoreless innings to start the season.

Waterhouse was quickly in trouble. With three walks, two singles and the homer, the Jackalopes loaded the bases and twice sent the winning run to the plate.

But Waterhouse got Austin Chouinard to fly out, and former Raptor Damian Henderson grounded out to end the ballgame.

Pearce Howard batted 3 for 4 with two RBIs to lead Ogden at the plate, hitting an RBI single as part of a five-run third inning and pulling a solo homer down the right-field line in the fifth.

Connor Bagnieski hit 2 for 4, and he and Howard both finished Saturday with a season average of .406.

Elliot threw five innings for the win, striking out two. Christian Griffin threw a hitless, scoreless sixth.

JACKALOPES 4, RAPTORS 0

Brandon Ross didn't strike out any batters in Saturday's Game 1, allowing five hits and walking two. But the Grand Junction starter only faced four over the minimum in a seven-inning shutout win.

The Jackalopes turned double plays on groundouts in the first and second innings, and doubled off an Ogden runner after a lineout in the fifth. The Raptors got a runner to second base in the second and third innings but nothing more, and Ross retired the side in order in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings.

Adrian Santa Cruz started for Ogden. He gave up a single and issued three walks in the third inning to push across the only run GJ would ultimately need. Andres Rios added an RBI single in the fourth, and Santa Cruz allowed two runs in 3 2/3 innings, striking out five and walking four.

Damian Henderson hit a two-run homer against Shane Gustafson in the fourth for the final 4-0 tally.

Cache Valley native Shawn Triplett threw a scoreless seventh for Ogden.

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