And Then There Were None...

The exhilaration of the opening game win drifted away in the warm California night air after Lake Elsinore scored three in the fifth to take a 6-0 lead in the final game of the best of three series. And after two tightly contested games, the finale was anticlimactic for the Sixers and their fans. Ogden lost their final rgular game and it marks finish to the 2007 minor league season

The Storm pounded across eight runs in the first six innings and shrugged off a two-run rally by Inland Empire in the eighth to move on to the South Division finals in Lancaster tonight.

Lake Elsinore scored single runs in the second, third and fourth innings against starter Cody White, then administered the coup de grace in the fifth to Jesus Rodriguez and added two more superfluous runs in the sixth against Marlon Arias.

"We had a couple of opportunities to get out of innings and we couldn't," Sixer Manager Dave Collins said.

The Sixers trailed 3-0 when Rodriguez took over for eventual loser White (0-1) to start the fifth. Rodriguez he was knocked out of the game by three two-out runs. Arias, who was scheduled to start in the next round of playoffs if the Sixers made it that far, replaced Rodriguez and got out of the fifth. But he gave up a two-run double to in the sixth and it was all over at that point.

The Sixers rallied in the top of the eighth when Jaime Pedroza doubled, Adam Godwin tripled and Justis singled to make it 8-2 with no outs in the eighth, but couldn't generate any more offense and in the ninth, they loaded the bases with one out, but Godwin grounded into a double play to end the game and the season.

The Sixers went through the playoffs without their starting second baseman (Travis Denker who was traded) and shortstop (Ivan De Jesus who was injured) who were lost with about a week to play in the regular season.

Collins said that made it tough. "When you lose your middle infield, that's going to affect a team," Collins said. "It's a big loss, but something you've got to overcome -- and we couldn't."

Score by Innings Inland Empire 000 000 020-2 Lake Elsinore 011 320 00x-8 Inland Empire ab r h bi ave Godwin cf 5 1 2 1 .375 Justis ss 4 0 3 1 .286 Mitchell 1b 4 0 0 0 .231 May dh 4 0 1 0 .286 Hoffmann rf 4 0 0 0 .400 Bell 3b 4 0 1 0 .357 Hunt lf 4 0 0 0 .083 Gutierrez c 4 0 1 0 .250 Pedroza 2b 4 1 3 0 .429 Totals 37 2 11 2 Lk Elsinore 36 8 11 8 Error- White (1), Bell (1). 2B- Pedroza 2 (2), Justis (2). 3B- Godwin (2). RBI- Godwin (2), Justis (2). LOB- Inland Empire 8, Lake Elsinore 14. DP- Justis, Pedroza and Mitchell. Inland Empire in h r-er bb so era White (0-1) 4.0 6 3-3 2 1 6.75 Rodriguez 0.2 3 3-3 2 0 16.20 Arias 1.1 2 2-2 1 1 13.50 Pratt 1.0 0 0-0 3 2 0.00 Meque 1.0 0 0-0 1 1 0.00 HBP- by Arias. T- 2:45. Att- 1,901.

Raptors Close With a Loss-- In the end Orem had to remind Ogden that it was the team headed for the Pioneer League playoffs, not the Raptors, as the Owlz rolled to an 11-2 rout in the regular season finale for both teams.

The defeat snapped a six-game winning streak for Ogden as it reverted to the form of the season to wind up at 17-21 for the second half, 34-41 overall.

The Owlz, who now head to the post-season as the wild-card entry, ripped Rodney Brantley (2-2) for six runs in just two innings, then picked on Timothy Gray for two more before Given Kutz held them hitless for three. But they finished with a flourish, pounding Jon Haldis for three more.

Parker Dalton had a triple and single while Matt Wallach came up with a double and single to lead the Raptors at the plate. --Bill Shelley.

Score by Innings Orem 231 110 021-11 Ogden 000 010 010- 2 Ogden ab r h bi ave Rosario cf 4 0 0 0 .331 Kanaby lf 4 0 0 1 .338 Garabedian dh 3 0 0 0 .253 Ortiz 1b 4 0 0 0 .274 Vetters rf 2 0 0 0 .315 Povey rf 2 0 0 0 .241 Wallach c 4 1 2 0 .297 Gallagher 3b 3 0 1 0 .284 Fuller ss 2 1 0 0 .232 Dalton 2b 3 0 2 0 .211 Totals 31 2 5 1 Orem 40 11 14 10 Error- Dalton (2). 2B- Dalton (3). 3B- Wallach (1). RBI- Kanaby (21). LOB- Ogden 4, Orem 6. DP- Fuller, Dalton and Ortiz Ogden in h r-er bb so era Brantley (2-2) 2.0 8 6-6 1 2 5.08 Gray 2.0 3 2-2 1 0 9.50 Kutz 3.0 0 0-0 0 1 3.00 Haldis 2.0 3 3-3 1 1 7.18 WP- Brantley, Gray. Balk- Brantley. HBP- by Gray. T- 2:50. Att- 5,427.

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