Carlos Ramirez was 5 for 5 with two homers and two doubles, as the Orem Owlz won Friday 10-0 at Missoula.
After losing Game #1 Thursday at home to the Osprey, the Owlz got on the bus for the 550-mile ride for Missoula, facing the unlikely task of winning Games #2 and #3 on the Osprey’s home turf to take the Pioneer League pennant.
But after last night’s 10-0 rout, the Owlz have given themselves a fighting chance to capture the flag.
Stephen Locke pitched a complete game shutout, allowing only four hits while striking out five and walking one.
The Owlz hit six homers, a Pioneer League playoff record for one game. Eleven of their fifteen hits were extra base hits.
Catcher Carlos Ramirez was 5 for 5 with two homers, two doubles and a single.
Kevin Ramos, Justin Bass, Casey Haerther and Michael Wing also homered.
So it’s winner take all tonight at Missoula.
Orangel Arenas starts for the Owlz. During the regular season, he was 4-3 with a 4.65 ERA in 69 2/3 innings. In his last three starts, he gave up 11 earned runs in 11 innings. His last start was on September 10. Missoula starts Charles Brewer, 7-2 with a 2.47 ERA in 54 2/3 innings. He was selected by the Angels in the 18th round of the June 2006 draft, but he didn’t sign. The Brewers got him this year in the 12th round out of UCLA after his junior year.
Last year, Great Falls won on the Owlz’ home field. Hopefully the Owlz will balance out the karma tonight.