The Raptors fell short Wednesday night but fans can rest easy knowing who and, more importantly, when Ogden will be hosting playoff games.

Grand Junction defeated Orem 3-1 to claim the second-half title in the Pioneer League South Division, setting up a matchup against the Raptors, who won the first-half title.

Ogden hosts Game 1 on Friday, Sept. 7, and Game 2 on Saturday, Sept. 8, at Lindquist Field. Both games start at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for any seat in the house.

Grand Junction (43-32, 23-14) is in the playoffs for the first time since 2013. It has also tied its franchise record for wins in a season, so the Rockies will play for a new record Thursday to close the regular season.

The Raptors went 9-7 against the Rockies during the regular season.

Ogden (46-29, 20-17) remains one game shy of tying its regular-season win record, set last season, after an 8-7 loss to Idaho Falls on Wednesday.

The Raptors were done in when Idaho Falls pushed across five runs in the fifth inning to take a 6-0 lead.

Ogden made it interesting by drawing three walks to lead off the top of the ninth trailing 8-3. Ramon Rodriguez singled in two and Kenneth Betancourt grounded into a double play to score another, making it 8-6.

Moises Perez reached by error and was driven in on an Andrew Shaps double, but Marcus Chiu struck out to end the game with the tying run on second.

The late rally did push Ogden to 590 runs on the season, which is a new franchise record, breaking the old record of 587.

Ogden and Idaho Falls close the regular season at 7:15 p.m. Thursday before the Raptors return to Ogden to begin the playoffs.

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Brett Hein is the sports editor and covers Weber State sports for the Standard-Examiner.

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