OGDEN — It was by no means a defensive battle, but the Ogden Raptors scored five runs in the first inning and kept the offense rolling throughout in a 16-9 win Sunday over the Orem Owlz, closing yet another series in the Raptors' favor as the Pioneer League hits the All-Star break.
Ogden improves to 34-16 overall and 8-4 in the second half, tied for the second-half lead with Grand Junction but with a playoff berth already secured. In 14 series this season, the Raptors are 11-2-1.
After falling behind 1-0 in the first, Ogden took its own advantage on RBI singles from Dillon Paulson and James Outman, then Jon Littell homered them all in for a 5-1 lead.
Joel Inoa threw 4 2/3 innings and allowed four runs, but only one earned, while walking one and striking out eight as Ogden's starter.
Eric Peterson hit a solo home run in the second for Ogden, and in the fourth he drove in another run with a sacrifice fly before Paulson singled in another and gave Ogden an 8-1 lead, which it steadily grew from there despite Orem's rallies.
Outman, Littell, Kenneth Betancourt and Ramon Rodriguez each had three hits for Ogden, while Peterson and Littell each drove in four runs. Connor Mitchell earned the win by pitching two shutout relief innings.
Monday and Wednesday are days off around Tuesday's All-Star Game that pits the Pioneer League against the Northwest League. Jeremy Arocho, Ronny Brito, Daniel Robinson and Jose Chacin will represent Ogden in that game that begins at 6:40 p.m. in Grand Junction, Colorado.