OGDEN — The third edition of the Ogden Raptors season-kickoff FanFest attracted a small, laid-back crowd to Lindquist Field on Wednesday night and the smallest list yet of home-run hopefuls looking to win season tickets by hitting long-balls in a fan home run derby.

Though, while about only 10 hitters went three rounds in the derby, many winners from last year stacked the deck in the fans' favor and the homers followed.

With two season tickets on the line per home run, five hitters produced a total of 12 home runs, the most in any of the three versions of FanFest to date.

Lantzen Toomer of North Ogden, one of last season's winners, parked six dingers over the left-center wall to lead the pack.

"It was just finding the timing and getting it in the air with backspin to left field, I guess," Toomer said of his feat.

So what does one person do with 12 season tickets?

"My in-laws paid for the last half (of swings), so they'll get some of them," Toomer laughed.

After the gates opened near the end of a Raptors practice, the players cleaned up and mingled in the concourse while hitters prepared for the derby. Fan numbers were fewer than in years past but stadium staff did get their first experience with new payment systems provided by mobile payment company Square in preparation for the season.

The warm, summer night was a good warm-up for Friday's season opener at the downtown ballpark.

"It's so much fun to come locally to Ogden and see professionals play. I enjoy it a lot," Toomer said of his repeated patronage to win tickets in the home run derby. "And it's fun to play on this field, too."

Jordon Cissna of Harrisville and Antonio Robles of Ogden were other repeat winners from 2018. Cissna hit three homers and Robles hit one.

Geoff Newman of Kaysville and Lantzen's brother, Landry Toomer of Riverdale, each hit a home run as new winners at the derby.

The 2019 Pioneer League season opens at 7 p.m. Friday when the Raptors host the Grand Junction Rockies in the first of a four-game homestand.

Ogden enters its 26th year as a franchise and is coming off a historic two-year stretch, winning a team-record 47 wins in 2017 with a first-ever league championship, following with 46 wins in 2018.

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

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