OGDEN — It was nearly deja vu for Pabel Manzanero.

The Billings catcher dropped another crisp liner into the left-field corner in the eighth inning. It was nearly identical to a drive he put there in the second inning, but this time it was called fair.

It capitalized on Drew Mount's double, scoring Mount to tie the game and serving as the catalyst for Billings' late-inning, 6-4 comeback win over the Ogden Raptors on Saturday night at Lindquist Field.

Ogden led the entire game to that point. But after Hunter Speer issued an intentional walk to Bren Spillane, Dylan Harris ripped a double over the head of Niko Hulsizer in right field.

Manzanero raced around to score and Spillane slid in right after him, narrowly beating Ramon Rodriguez's tag and crashing into the umpire to give the Mustangs the decisive 6-4 lead.

The Raptors played a game of what-ifs.

In the sixth inning and leading 4-2, Ogden's James Outman doubled off Raptor Ridge with one out, then stole second base. But Niko Hulsizer and Marcus Chiu each struck out swinging to leave him stranded.

It got worse once the Raptors trailed.

In the bottom of the eighth, Dillon Paulson and Hulsizer walked on either side of an Outman hit-by-pitch to load the bases. But Jefrey Souffront and Daniel Robinson, both pinch-hitting, each struck out looking. Souffront's came on a full count and was outside, while Robinson got handcuffed on the inside corner.

Then in the ninth, Jeremy Arocho walked with one out before Matt Cogen ripped a double. With runners on second and third, Paulson struck out and Ronny Brito popped out to the catcher to end the game.

It was five strikeouts and a pop-out with a runner on third. Ogden finished 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position.

The Raptors got going early thanks to the long ball. In the first inning, Arocho singled and Paulson lined a looper to left that glanced off the glove of Zeek White for an error.

That set up Brito, who lifted a three-run shot to the opposite field, his ninth home run of the season, to put Ogden ahead 3-0 from the outset.

Infielder Eric Peterson followed in the second inning with a no-doubt piece of dynamite, blasting a 448-foot shot out of the park to left-center field, increasing Ogden's lead to 4-0.

Orlandy Navarro threw three innings in his start for Ogden, allowing only one hit. It seemed Ogden would cruise, but those home runs would prove to be the only runs of the night for the home team.

Each team tallied eight hits, with Ogden committing two errors to Billings' one. That meant that Justin Lewis, who threw 2 1/3 innings of relief after Navarro, gave up two unearned runs to set up the comeback.

Ogden eclipsed 4,500 fans on consecutive nights.

The two teams finish their three-game series at 4 p.m. Sunday.

Contact Brett Hein at bhein@standard.net, follow him on Twitter @bhein3 and at facebook.com/brettheinwrites.

Brett Hein is the sports editor and covers Weber State sports for the Standard-Examiner.

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