A nine-run deficit ultimately proved too tall for the Orem Owlz to overcome in Game One of the Pioneer League South Championship Series in a 9-4 loss at Lindquist Field in Ogden.
The Owlz' starter Simon Mathews allowed seven earned runs in one a two thirds innings of work, picking up the loss in his first career playoff game.
The Ogden Raptors blasted off to a 9-0 lead after scoring in each of the first four innings.
Raptors center fielder Brayan Morales capped the scoring in the first inning with a two-run double, and in the second inning with a run-scoring single.
After Mathews departed the game, the Owlz bullpen did its best to keep Orem in the game.
Jason Alexander did the heavy lifting, going four and a third innings out of the bullpen, allowing the final two runs of the game in the third and fourth innings.
Alexander went on to retire the final seven batters he faced, before handing the ball over to Jeremy Beasley, who finished out the game with two scoreless innings.
The Owlz gave it a run in the later innings, plating their first run on an RBI groundout from Manuel Guzman that brought home David Mackinnon with the Owlz' first run in the sixth inning.
The Owlz then plated their final three runs in the seventh, on hits from Brandon Marsh, Keinner Pina and Ryan Vega.
The Owlz were ultimately unable to surmount from the early nine-run hole, losing Game One of the Pioneer League South Championship Series and falling to within one game of elimination.
Orem will attempt to force a Game Three in the best of three season as they play in Game Two of the South Championship Series on Monday night at the Home of the Owlz, with first pitch scheduled for 6:35 p.m. MT.
Coverage will begin on MiLB.tv and the Orem Owlz Baseball Network with the Voice of the Owlz, Steven Cusumano, 15 minutes prior to first pitch.
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