MISSOULA – The Missoula Osprey’s first-half title hopes came to an end thanks to a wild night from the mound on Thursday. The Ogden Raptors walked past Missoula 9-4, knocking the Os below .500 and five games behind first-place Great Falls in the Pioneer League North standings with only five days left in the first half of the season.
Missoula (16-17) walked 11 Raptors batters, including six in the first two innings. Ogden jumped to a 5-0 lead after two innings and led Missoula 8-0 in the eighth inning.
The Osprey offense attempted a comeback in the bottom of the eighth inning. Buddy Kennedy hit an RBI single, and Zach Shannon drove in two with a double. But Missoula only climbed within four runs.
The Osprey and Raptors wrap up a three-game series in Ogren Park Allegiance Park at 7:05 p.m. Friday.