OGDEN — For now, it doesn’t seem any manner of roster changes will affect the Ogden Raptors, no matter which top hitters are promoted.
Newcomer Jon Littell cracked two doubles, Kenneth Betancourt piled up five hits in his first two games in Ogden, and the Raptors built an early lead in a 9-4 win over the Orem Owlz on Friday night at Lindquist Field.
League-best Ogden improves to 33-15 overall, 7-3 in the second half and 19-6 at home. Orem is 13-34 for the season.
Ronny Brito doubled in the first inning and Niko Hulsizer ripped an RBI single up the middle to help Ogden to a 3-0 lead after the first inning.
The lead was amplified by a shutdown start from Caleb Sampen, who allowed one hit and one walk in three innings, striking out five.
The Raptors put the game out of reach in the third inning when Littell doubled in Matt Cogen, Tre Todd singled to score Littell, Betancourt singled, Jeremy Arocho hit a sacrifice fly and Daniel Robinson doubled to score Betancourt, making it 7-0.
When that string was over, every Raptor had at least one hit through three innings. All seven of those runs came against Orem’s Cole Duensing, who is 0-8 as a starter this season.
Robinson also doubled twice for Ogden.
Justin Bruihl picked up his third win, relieving Sampen for 2 2/3 innings while allowing two runs on two hits.
Yeison Cespedes threw 1 1/3 before Orlandy Navarro pitched two perfect innings and struck out four Owlz.
Ogden outhit Orem 16-5 in the contest.
David Clawson, a catcher out of BYU, made his Orem debut Friday after a call-up from the Arizona League. He was 0 for 3 at the plate.
Adalberto Pena pitched 58 innings for the Ogden Raptors over two-plus seasons, ending when the Dodgers released him June 29 of this year, two days after he earned a win on the mound against the Owlz.
Friday, Pena made his debut for the same Orem squad after the Angels signed him a week ago. He returned to Lindquist Field to throw two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and one walk.
FREE TICKET SATURDAY
Ogden goes for its single-game attendance record Saturday night in Game 3 of the four-game series against Orem by offering free tickets in a Community Night sponsored by Weber State Credit Union. While supplies last, fans can go to the ticket office (before 5 p.m.) or the ticket booths behind home plate (after 5 p.m.) and request the tickets.