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Raptors split doubleheader Sunday to take series at Grand Junction

By BRETT HEIN - Standard-Examiner | Jun 23, 2024

Kevin Johnson, Ogden Raptors

Ogden Raptors third baseman Raymond Gil secures a foul out against Billings on June 15, 2024, at Lindquist Field in Ogden.

The Ogden Raptors and Grand Junction Jackalopes (10-20) split a doubleheader Sunday for the second straight day to close the series in Colorado, with the visitors claiming the six-game set 4-2.

Ogden (13-17) is 11-6 in its last 17 games and hosts Boise (18-12) for its next shot at climbing up the standings. There are 18 games left in the first half.

The Raptors and Hawks start that series at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Lindquist Field.

RAPTORS 15, JACKALOPES 1

The Raptors got back to the high-scoring feats that plated 20 or more runs in two wins to start the series, closing Sunday's doubleheader with 15 runs in seven innings to support Nico Saltaformaggio on the mound.

Ogden opened the game with singles from Jack Cone and Connor Bagnieski, setting up Chris Sargent for his second homer of the day; the Raptors led 3-0 through three batters.

The first-inning rally lasted long enough to bring Cone back to the plate, and he socked a three-run home run, punctuating an eight-run frame.

Saltaformaggio threw six innings, allowing one run on five hits while striking out six and walking zero. Jon Rice got the closing nod and ended Ogden's walkless game with a 1-2-3 seventh.

First baseman Christian Coipel hit a solo homer in the fourth for Ogden and followed it with a three-run homer in the seventh to cap the scoring. Adding his two-run single during the first-inning rally, Coipel finished 3 for 4 with six RBIs.

Bagnieski and Landen Barns each added three hits. Ogden outhit Grand Junction 20-5.

JACKALOPES 5, RAPTORS 3

Rafael Vazquez was throwing marvelously in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader.

With a 3-0 lead, he seemed to have two leadoff singles controlled after the Jackalopes brought in the runners and had two outs, but that changed with one swing. GJ catcher Omar Veloz lifted a two-run homer that changed a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 lead for the home team, and it was enough for the Jackalopes to claim the win.

Vazquez had held GJ to two hits through five innings, then surrendered four hits in the sixth.

Chris Sargent hit a two-run homer in the third inning for Ogden. Landen Barns added an RBI single in the fourth, and totaled two of his team's six hits.

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