OGDEN — Dillon Paulson might as well have been wearing a cape.

The Ogden first baseman cracked two home runs Saturday night, leading the Raptors to a 6-5 win over Grand Junction in Ogden’s final regular-season home game.

His first came in the sixth inning, a three-run shot to tie the game 4-4 that skied over Raptor Ridge in right-center field.

His second came in the eighth, a two-run moonshot to the same place to put Ogden (45-27, 19-15) ahead 6-4.

If Paulson was the superhero, Daniel Robinson was his sidekick. Robinson legged out an infield single in the first inning and later scored on a two-out single from Ronny Brito to get the Raptors on the board.

Robinson singled with two outs in the eighth, which set up the Paulson winner that wouldn’t have happened without Robinson reaching base.

Ogden’s middle infield gets an invitation to the superhero lair, too. The Raptors turned a whopping five double plays, all of which ended innings, on Saturday night.

The final one ended a two-on, one-out threat after John Cresto hit his second homer of the night for Grand Junction (40-32, 20-14) to make it 6-5 in the ninth.

Hunter Stovall slapped a hard liner up the middle that glanced off pitcher Luis Pasen. A twirling Jeremy Arocho snagged it and flipped it to Moises Perez at second base, who threw on to first to end the game.

The win guarantees Ogden finishes with the best overall record in the Pioneer League this season.

Ogden finishes the regular season with four games in Idaho Falls from Sept. 3-6.


For the 22nd consecutive season, Ogden fans have made the Raptors tops in Pioneer League attendance — every season since Lindquist Field opened in 1997.

Saturday’s crowd totaled 4,282 fans. That gives Ogden a season total of 129,285 for an average of 3,402 per game and the best turnout since the 2011 season.


Ogden players Ronny Brito and Jose Chacin were named end-of-season All-Stars for the Pioneer League.

Chacin was called up shortly after the midseason All-Star Game but Brito, 19, remains in Ogden batting .293 with a team-leading 11 home runs.

Grand Junction’s Coco Montes was named league MVP and Idaho Falls’ JC Cloney is pitcher of the year.


The Raptors’ first-half title gives them home-field advantage for the South Division series, which would normally be for Games 2 and 3.

If Grand Junction claims the South’s second playoff spot, a scheduling conflict means the Rockies cannot host games Friday, Sept. 7, and Saturday, Sept. 8. In that scenario, Ogden will host Games 1 and 2 on those dates. Game 3, if necessary, would be Sunday, Sept. 9, in Grand Junction.

In that scenario, fans who have purchased Game 2 tickets will still use them on Saturday, Sept. 8, in Ogden. Season ticket holders with a ticket labeled for Sept. 9 can use them Sept. 7.

If Idaho Falls claims the second playoff spot, games will go as scheduled with Game 1 in Idaho Falls on Friday, Sept. 7, and the other two following in Ogden Sept. 8 and 9, if necessary.

Tickets for playoff games are $5 for any seat in the house and are on sale at the Lindquist Field ticket office.

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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