The Lindquist Field rematch of last year’s Pioneer League championship series kicked off with a bang.
Marcus Chiu’s go-ahead home run in the seventh inning gave the Ogden Raptors (39-22) enough insurance to beat Great Falls (28-32) in an entertaining 9-8 game Monday night in the series opener.
Chiu hit a three-run blast to center field in the seventh to put Ogden ahead 9-7 a half-inning after Great Falls took a 7-6 lead with four runs in the top half.
Three was the number of choice for Ogden on Monday. The Raptors trailed 3-0 before coming to bat, then scored three runs in the fifth to tie it 3-3.
Ironically, the player who hit the game-tying RBI triple was tagged out at third base for the third out of the inning. Earlier, Dillon Paulson ripped a two-run triple down the right-field line to cut the Voyagers’ lead to 3-2.
Three more runs came across in the sixth for Ogden when Jon Littell scored on a wild pitch and Kenneth Betancourt hit a two-run single up the middle.
That gave the Raptors a 6-3 lead, which Great Falls promptly took away with a Bryce Bush solo home run, an RBI double by Alex Destino and a two-run single from Maiker Feliz.