Ogden Loses Fifth Straight

The regular season can't get over quickly enough for the Ogden Raptors. The quirky schedule had them playing the Orem Owlz in seven of the final 10 games and then meeting them again in the first round of the Pioneer League playoffs. Orem has won the last five games, winning 4-3.

Split-seasons are good for attendance and allow all the teams to have a shot at a second-half title but when you win the first half and are guaranteed a spot in the playoffs, it is hard to keep the juices flowing a second half that is essentially meaningless.

It's a problem that has plagued managers ever since the split-season schedule was implemented and may have effected the Raptors in the second half.

And it don't help when the schedule is set up so that you meet one team so many times in a short span of time and that is compounded when the two face each other in the first round of the playoffs immediately after the regular season ends.

Ogden pitching held the Owlz in check with the exception of Travis Witherspoon, who homered twice and drove in all four Orem runs.

The Raptors rolled to a 3-1 lead behind twenty-year-old Edwin Contreras, who worked into the sixth inning and allowed five hits and a single run.

Ogden scored twice in the second inning when Clay Calfee singled with two out and scored on Nick Akins single. Kyle Orr's RBI double made to 2-0. After Witherspoons' first home run, Nick Akins matched him with his fourth of the season to put the Raptors up 3-1.

Ogden nearly added more runs when Dave Iden doubled and Pedro Guerrero walked with two out. But when Brian Cavazos-Galvez singled, Guerrero was thrown out at third to end the inning just a tic before Iden touched home. The missing run would come back to haunt the Raptors.

Javier Solano served up a walk before Witherspoons' second dinger with a runner on base in the seventh and Steve Ames gave up a single, a stolen base and Witherspoons' third hit of the night, a game-winning RBI single.

The Raptors threatened in the bottom of the ninth. Gorman Erickson lived on an error and Calfee walked to lead off the inning. Then suddenly Akins popped up on a bunt attempt, and Orr bounced into a double-play to end the ball-game.

The regular season concludes tonight, as Ogden and Orem meet again before the post-season opens in Orem Saturday. With its twentieth loss of the half, Ogden is guaranteed a losing record in the second half. The Owlz improved to 31-6 with their win, setting a new league record for victories in a half season.

 Score by Innings
Orem	000 010 201-4
Ogden	020 010 000-3
 Ogden 	        ab r  h  bi  ave
Ruggiano 3b	4  0  1  0  .375
Guerrero ss	3  0  0  0  .253
Galvez cf	3  0  1  0  .326
Songco lf	4  0  1  0  .305
Erickson c	4  0  0  0  .304
Calfee 1b	3  1  1  0  .333
Akins rf	4  2  2  2  .268
Orr dh        	4  0  1  1  .223
Iden 2b        3  0  1  0  .239
 Totals 	32  3  8  3
 Orem	        33  4  8  4

 2B- Orr (7), Iden (3). HR- Akins (4),
RBI- Akins 2 (16), Orr (27). LOB- Ogden
5, Orem 5. CS- Galvez (8), Ruggiano (5).
DP- Iden, Guerrero and Calfee; Erickson
and Iden.  	  

 Ogden 	         in  h r-er bb so  era
Contreras	5.2  5  1-1  0  5  4.06
Solano	        1.2  1  2-2  3  0  4.64
Ames (1-1)      1.2  2  1-1  0  1  2.10
 T- 2:31. Att- 3,315.