Friday night brought the things child’s dreams are made of for Ogden Raptors outfielder Daniel Robinson.
With the Raptors trailing 4-3, a hit batter brought him up to the plate in the bottom of the ninth with two outs and the bases loaded.
After fouling off several pitches, he took ball three and faced a full count. But with the runners going on the pitch, Robinson lifted a fly ball to left fielder Zeek White, ending the game and giving red-hot Billings a one-run win in Game 2 of the four-game series in Billings.
Ogden (34-18, 8-6) pitchers stifled the Mustangs for most of the night, holding them to four hits in the game to the Raptors’ eight. But one swing from White and two errors changed everything.
White doubled with the bases loaded in the fifth inning and came all the way around to score on throwing errors from Ronny Brito and Dillon Paulson, breaking a scoreless tie to put Billings (26-25, 11-2) up 4-0.
The Raptors got off the mat in the eighth when Kenneth Betancourt singled and Jeremy Arocho doubled. Robinson drove in Betancourt with a groundout and Paulson pushed in Arocho with a sacrifice fly, making it 4-2.
That set up the ninth, when Ramon Rodriguez singled to put two runners on with two outs. Betancourt singled in Eric Peterson to make it 4-3. Arocho was hit by a pitch, bringing up Robinson for the decisive at-bat.
Caleb Sampen (three innings) and Justin Bruihl (through the fourth) held Billings to one hit until the fifth. After White’s big play, Reza Aleaziz and Evy Ruibal combined to throw 3 2/3 scoreless innings for Ogden, allowing one baserunner.
James Marinan got the win for the Mustangs, throwing six scoreless innings.