OGDEN — The Ogden Raptors return home Thursday for a four-game series against the Orem Owlz, which includes a big community night and will be followed by 11 days away from home.
Here’s what you need to know.
FREE TICKETS SATURDAY
For the second straight year, Weber State Credit Union is sponsoring what it calls Community Night, which means free tickets for any and all fans on Saturday, Aug. 4.
Fans must simply go to the Raptors ticket office and request the number of desired tickets, and the team will hand them over. Fans don’t need to be members of WSCU to participate. Tickets are first-come, first-served while supplies last.
On top of that, fans who take their torn ticket stubs from Saturday back on Sunday can get in free again.
The promotion is likely to threaten Ogden’s single-game attendance record of 6,317 fans. In 2017, the same promotion resulted in 5,756 fans despite windy weather.
OREM IN TOWN
For the first time in more than a month, the Raptors face their divisional rival in the Orem Owlz.
A lot can happen in a month. For instance, the last time the two teams played, Orem was set to move to Pueblo, Colorado, in a few years. Since then, the move was called off.
The Owlz are struggling, going 1-6 to open the second half and totaling a 13-32 overall record. Ogden was 6-2 against the Owlz in the first half, splitting the first four before sweeping the second four.
Orem is led at the plate by 18-year-old shortstop Livan Soto, who, at a .301 average, is sitting 26th among league-leaders. Ogden has five hitters above Soto on the list.
RAPTORS REMAIN HOT
The Raptors are 17-6 in games played in the friendly confines of Lindquist Field. Overall, Ogden is 31-15. To put that in perspective, last season’s mark of 47-29 was a franchise best. To beat that, the Raptors must only go 17-13 from here.
Home runs from Niko Hulsizer and Dillon Paulson on Wednesday pushed the Raptors across 60 as a team this season. Ogden also leads the league in on-base percentage at .397.