Ogden Raptors vs. Missoula 01

Ogden Raptors shortstop Zac Ching (25) smiles as he stands on second base against Missoula on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, at Lindquist Field in Ogden.

OGDEN — While still leading the Pioneer League South Division by a couple games in the second half, it had been a few games since Ogden’s overpowering first-half offense had taken over a contest.

That changed Wednesday when the Raptors obliterated Missoula pitching to claim a 13-3 win at Lindquist Field.

Zac Ching’s first four at-bats consisted of a sacrifice fly, three doubles and three RBIs, leading a prolific night at the plate in which the Raptors (42-12, 11-5) totaled 15 hits and every player but one safely hit.

Ching’s final at-bat came in the eighth inning; he flew out to the warning track in right field. He was equally adept in the field, making several tough plays on grounders for assists.

Brandon Lewis, reigning league player of the week, hit yet another towering, 400-plus foot home run. His two-run blast in the seventh inning was his 11th of the year and brought him to 35 RBIs in 29 games as a Raptor. That homer made it 13-3.

Missoula briefly led, 1-0 in the first, after the Ospreys (28-26, 8-8) converted a leadoff double from Jose Reyes into a run on a two-out single from Spencer Brickhouse.

Elio Serrano gave Ogden its third straight excellent start, throwing 5 2/3 innings while allowing two runs, striking out six and walking one.

Sauryn Lao, on his 20th birthday, was key to turning the game into a blowout. After Ching’s sac fly to score Pages made it 3-1 in the third, Lao doubled and then scored on a Jimmy Titus single for a 4-1 lead.

The Raptors broke the game open in the fourth with five runs, started when catcher Ramon Rodriguez hit a solo homer and capped when Lao hit a three-run homer for a 9-1 lead.

The win was Ogden’s first double-digit run output since an 11-5 win on Aug. 2.

Ogden is six victories away from setting a new single-season franchise record for wins (47-29, 2017) with 22 games left in the regular season.

The Raptors go for their second four-game sweep of Missoula this season to end the homestand Thursday.

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