Orem Uses Ninth Inning Rally To Stun Ogden

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By Steven Cusumano / Orem Owlz | September 2, 2017 1:47 AM ET


The Orem Owlz posted seven runs in the ninth inning of Friday night's game at Lindquist Field to stun the Ogden Raptors in winning their third straight game by a final score of 10-4.

Orem used brilliant pitching throughout the night to carry a 3-1 lead into the eighth inning, when Ogden took its first lead of the game.

The lead was as much as 3-0 for the Owlz, after Manuel Guzman hit his fifth home run of the season in the fourth inning.

But after Orem led 3-1 with two outs in the eighth, the Raptors mounted a devastating three-run comeback, benefiting from three errors committed by the Owlz in giving Ogden a 4-3 lead entering the ninth.

The Owlz committed a season-high six errors in the game, including two on the same play in the eighth inning that allowed the Ogden Raptors to take their only lead.

With a 3-2 lead in tact for Orem, right-handed pitcher Daniel Procopio induced a deep fly ball to center field off the bat of Carlos Rincon with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Just when it looked as if the Owlz' center fielder Torii Hunter Jr. had the ball measured, it popped out of his glove, allowing Mitchell Hansen to score from third base.

Once Hunter picked up the ball and found the cut-off man Julio Garcia, Rincon had made his way to third base.

Garcia's throw to third base was wide of the Owlz' third baseman Jeyson Sanchez, as it allowed Hansen to score what was at the time the go-ahead run in a 4-3 ballgame.

After the Owlz had led from the third inning of the game, that circus play shifted all of the game's momentum in favor of the Raptors.

Adding to the Owlz' misfortune, they entered the night having been 0-18 when trailing after eight innings.

What then transpired at Lindquist Field in Ogden can only be categorized as simply extraordinary.

Jeyson Sanchez led off the ninth inning for the Owlz--after a night where he had committed two of the Owlz' season-high six errors.

Sanchez then pulled a 3-1 pitch over the left field fence for his team-leading 13th home run of the season, miraculously tying the game at 4-4.

Ogden's Austin Hamilton, who ended up being the losing pitcher in the ballgame, then loaded the bases, giving way to Brandon Marsh.

Marsh was 0-4 entering what was his final plate appearance on the night, but he entered the game with a team-best 25 hits in 52 at-bats vs. the Ogden Raptors this season.

Marsh proceeded to rip a base hit into right field, scoring Angel Molina and Torii Hunter Jr., giving Orem a 6-4 lead.

The Owlz went on to score seven runs on five hits in the ninth inning, which was capped by a double from Jeyson Sanchez--who began the inning with a solo home run.

After Sanchez cemented the game's final score at 10-4 Orem, he ended his night having gone 3-5 at the plate with three runs batted in.

Daniel Procopio pitched out of the eighth and through the ninth inning for Orem, picking up his second win of the season with a career-best four-strikeout performance.

The win is Orem's third straight in Ogden and its ninth total over the Raptors, clinching a winning record in the season series.

Following the Owlz' most stunning win of the season, they also ended the night in a tie with the Raptors for first place in the Pioneer League South standings with a second half record of 19-11.

Orem's win over Ogden in the season series also grants them the tiebreaker over the Raptors, should they remain tied to end the regular season.

The Owlz will end their regular season series with the Raptors tomorrow night, going for their second four-game sweep of the season.

First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Lindquist Field in Ogden, with pregame coverage beginning on the Orem Owlz Baseball Network with the Voice of the Owlz, Steven Cusumano, 15 minutes prior to first pitch.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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