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In this July 3, 2018, photo, Ogden Raptors infielder Jeremy Arocho (left) attempts to tag out an Idaho Falls runner. Arocho tallied four hits in an Ogden win on Aug. 15.

The overnight space between games didn’t slow down Ogden’s bats at all going into the final game of a seven-game road trip.

A day after totaling 19 hits, the Raptors smacked 16 more and defeated the Great Falls Voyagers 10-4 on Wednesday.

The win allows Ogden (37-20, 11-8) to claim the series and end the road trip 3-4 in the team’s final trip to the North Division, short of a playoff series, this season.

Jeremy Arocho led the charge at the plate, finishing 4 for 5 and scoring twice. He singled and scored on a sacrifice fly in the first inning, as did Daniel Robinson. The Raptors led 2-0 after one inning and never trailed.

Starting pitcher Caleb Sampen helped that effort. He threw three innings, allowing one run and striking out five while walking zero. Justin Hagenman kept that rolling into the sixth inning before the slumping Voyagers (26-30, 4-14) made a dent.

Great Falls won the first half in the North but is reeling in the second half.

Ogden put the game away in the fourth inning. Niko Hulsizer led off with a double and Jefrey Souffront later followed with a two-RBI single. Robinson singled to drive in a run and the Raptors led 7-1.

After Great Falls made its move in the sixth, Hulsizer doubled again in the seventh, scoring James Outman to put Ogden ahead 9-4.

Dillon Paulson doubled in the eighth to score Arocho for the final tally. Robinson was thrown out at the plate on the play and Paulson was stranded on third after two strikeouts, but the lost run opportunities didn’t end up mattering.

Connor Mitchell finished the second of his two innings in the eighth. He allowed one baserunner in his appearance. Despite a hit and an error, Justin Bruihl pitched a scoreless bottom of the ninth to end it.

Overall, Raptors pitchers struck out 14 hitters and walked two while surrendering eight hits.

Souffront’s slow surge at the plate continued as the Raptors infielder hit 3 for 5 and raised his season average to .354. Robinson, Paulson and Ronny Brito each added two hits.

Ogden has Thursday off before opening a seven-game homestand Friday with the first of three against North-leading Billings.

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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