Josh Elvir hit a two-run home run in the top of the first inning for the Rockies from Grand Junction, scoring Ogden Raptors starter Tom Walker for the dinger, and the Raptors played from behind early on in a loss of 12-7 on Thursday against the visitors in the second game of the 2022 season.
But history was made when Evan Parker took the mound at Lindquist Field in the ninth inning, becoming the first Ogden City native to ever suit up for the Raptors. It was also Parker’s first appearance in a professional baseball game since 2015, when he was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers and has since suffered a series of elbow injuries that required three surgeries.
The only other known Weber County native to dress for the Raptors is Tycen PoVey, who grew up in Washington Terrace but prepped at Northridge High School. He appeared in 11 games for the Raptors in 2007.
The home crowd saw the Raptors’ first homers of the season when shortstop Fox Semones led the bottom of first with a solo homer and first baseman Freddy Achecar hit a two-run homer at fourth, the latter cutting off Grand Junction’s advance. at 6-3.
Ogden went 7-6 in the fifth inning when outfielder Josh Broughton scored a two-in single with the bases loaded and outfielder Anthony Ray scored later on a passed ball.
But Grand Junction shortstop Chris Vazquez doubled in two runs in the next frame to make it 9-6 and it was enough to put the Rockies into the win column.
Parker allowed two hits and a run, striking out one while walking one, in the ninth.
Semones hit 3-for-5 and scored two runs. Broughton hit 3-for-5 with a double.
The same two teams play again at 7 p.m. Friday.
Grand Junction 12, Ogden 7
Great Falls 4, Northern Colorado 2
Idaho Falls 11, Boise 6
Missoula 11, Billings 9
Big Falls 2-0
Idaho Falls 1-1
Grand Junction 1-1
Northern Colorado 0-2