After being the only Raptors starter without a base hit in Tuesday's win, Drew Avans came out on fire Wednesday.
Given a day off from the outfield as the designated hitter, Avans stroked four hits, including two home runs, to lead Ogden's resurgent offense to an 11-0 win over Missoula.
Avans drove in five runs and scored three times as the Raptors gained a game on Idaho Falls in the South division standings. The Chukars fell to Helena, 12-2, giving Ogden a two-game lead (plus the tiebreaker) with 12 games left in the first half.
The Raptors went on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first, as Avans singled with two outs and Miguel Vargas drove him in with a double.
In the third, Chris Roller reached on an error with two away before Avans launched a 422-foot shot over Raptor Ridge to triple the advantage.
The next inning, Matt Cogen led off and hammered a home run on the first pitch he saw for a 5-0 lead.
The Raptors turned in another two-out rally in the sixth, when Ronny Brito hit a solo bomb to the Tar Pit. James Outman followed with a single, as did Ramon Rodriguez, Jefrey Souffront and Jacob Amaya for two more runs and a three-run inning.
Finally, in the eighth, Outman singled to lead off and scored on another Souffront single. Amaya knocked base hit as well, and with two out Avans blasted his second homer, this a 388-foot shot again over the Ridge, to cap the scoring.
On the pitching side, Jose Chacin, Hunter Speer and Justin Hagenman combined to shutout the Osprey on a season-low four hits. Chacin earned his third win while striking out four. Only once, with two out in the fourth, did the visitors get a runner to third base.
The third game of the four-game set will be Thursday night at 7:00.
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