A sleepy offensive performance turned on its head Tuesday night for the Ogden Raptors and Tre Todd finished a huge rally with one swing.
With the game tied 7-7, Todd lined a bases-loaded triple to right field that gave Ogden the upper hand in an 11-9 win at Idaho Falls. The swing capped a seven-run inning for the Raptors (46-28, 20-16).
The decision nearly decides the second-half race and Ogden’s South Division playoff opponent. Idaho Falls (41-33, 20-16) must beat Ogden on Wednesday and Thursday to finish the season and have Grand Junction (42-32, 22-14) lose twice to woeful Orem (21-53, 9-27).
Otherwise, Ogden will host Grand Junction on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 7-8, in Games 1 and 2 of the division series.
With two games left, Ogden is one game off its franchise-record 47 wins, set last season.
The North Division series is now set. Billings (38-36, 23-13) wrapped up the second-half title and will face first-half champ Great Falls (34-39, 12-23).
Tuesday’s game was scoreless until Idaho Falls chased Brett De Geus for four runs in the third inning. Ogden pulled within 5-3 in the sixth before the Chukars answered with two runs in the bottom of the frame for a 7-3 lead.
The Raptors led off the top of the seventh with five consecutive singles to make it 7-6. Later in the frame, Jefrey Souffront drew a bases-loaded walk to tie the game 7-7, setting up Todd’s three-run triple.
Niko Hulsizer was not retired in the game, doubling once, walking three times and scoring three runs for Ogden.