Ogden too much offense for GJ

Ogden’s Eric Smith, left, was tagged out by Grand Junction third baseman Ashley Graeter Sunday in Ogden’s 15-11 win.

It started with a base hit.

Then another. And another. An error, followed by a double. Home run.

All of a sudden, Ogden’s seemingly insurmountable 14-0 lead Sunday didn’t seem so out of reach for the Grand Junction Rockies.

And although they fell short, 15-11, they did something even veteran coaches can’t remember seeing, let alone the young Rockies.

“In high school if we get down like that, we get beat even worse,” said 18-year-old center fielder David Dahl, who was playing high school baseball only a few months ago.

The Rockies put up 10 runs in the sixth inning, sending 14 men to the plate. They had eight hits and had the Raptors on the ropes.

That’s what manager Tony Diaz will take from the game, not the final score.

“That was a remarkable effort,” Diaz said. “You don’t see that at any level. Jimmy Johnson, our hitting coordinator is here, and he’s been in the game more years than God and he hasn’t seen that in this organization

“Ten runs is a remarkable effort. It shows the kind of character we have and the heart.

“We came up short, but we did send a message to that ballclub that we’re not quitting. We’re going to continue to get after it and to me, that was a positive.”

Matt Carsiti had an uncharacteristic rough outing, allowing five runs in the first inning, including two home runs.

It was 6-0 after two, and the Raptors put up eight more in the sixth on only three hits against Grand Junction relievers Mike Mason, Jordan Mejia and Kyle Roliard.

“It wasn’t his day. He was up in the zone, was pitching behind and they squared him up pretty good,” Diaz said of Carasiti (2-2).

Max White, who’s been struggling at the plate recently, singled to right and Juan Ciriaco lined a single to left to open the Rockies’ big sixth inning.

Dahl, who was retired his first two trips to the plate, singled to right to run his hitting streak to 18 games, scoring White.

“I don’t get down on myself if I get out the first couple at-bats because it’s a long game and I’ve got more at-bats,” said Dahl, now hitting .382 after going 3 for 5. “I just try to stay what Tony says, present, and take one at-bat at a time.”

An errant pickoff throw allowed Dahl and Ciriaco to move up, and both came home on Ashley Graeter’s double to the right-field corner. Julian Yan hit his fourth home run of the series and the Rockies had cut the lead in half, 14-7.

White hit his second single of the inning and Ciriaco walked ahead of a bases-loaded triple by Dahl, his eighth of the season.

With two out, a wild pitch caromed off the shin guard of Ogden catcher Tyler Ogle, rolling to the first-base side of the area around home plate. Dahl screamed home with the 10th run of the inning.

“I just got a good read on it,” he said. “I saw it kick away and I trusted my speed. Drew (Saylor, who was coaching at third) just said to make sure I can make it. I felt like I could, so I took off.”

Dahl doubled and scored in the eighth on Greater’s second double of the game.

The Rockies (23-23, 2-6) have yet to win on “Purple Sunday,” and are 1-9 in day games. Despite their slow start to the second half, Dahl’s not worried.

“We started out slow the first half, too, and we ended up being right there for first place, so I think we’re going to get everything together,” he said. “We just came back like that, so that’s going to get some momentum going onto the road for this series.

“They’re a good team, but we’ve got a good team, too. We know we can stay with them and beat them. It’ll be fun when we go to their place.”


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