By Brandon Judd
Orem second baseman Billy Boyer wasted little time helping the Owlz restore their offensive presence Wednesday in a 7-4 victory over Ogden at Home of the Owlz at UVSC.
Boyer hit a single in the first inning for Orem, then came around to score later in the inning on a double by first baseman Mark Trumbo.
It was just the start of a phenomenal night for Boyer, who became the first in franchise history to hit for the cycle.
Holding on to a slim 2-1 lead heading in to the fifth, the Owlz broke open the game with four runs in the bottom half of the inning. Boyer got the scoring started with a solo homer to center field, and Orem?s Dallas Morris followed with a double. Two hits and three runs later, the Owlz owned a comfortable 6-1 lead.
Ogden attempted a rally in the top of the ninth, cutting two runs off a 7-2 lead for Orem before Boyer combined shortstop Hainley Statia and Trumbo to register a 4-6-3 that ended the game.
Boyer finished the night 4-for-5 with RBI and two runs scored. Boyer completed the cycle in the eighth when he drove a shot into right field that earned him a triple. As he approached third, Orem manager Tom Kotchman gave him the go sign after Ogden right fielder James McDonand slipped. But the throw arrived just before Boyer did, and catcher Juan Apodaca applied the tag in a collision at home plate for the out.
Orem starter Anthony Whittington kept the Raptors? offense from attacking early, allowing just three hits and one earned run in four innings of work while striking out five. Reliever Jose Arredondo pitched the nest three innings for the win, striking out two and giving up one earned run ? a home run by Ogden?s Russell Mitchell in the sixth inning.
The Owlz and Raptors will finish up a four-game series tonight at 7 p.m. before heading to Ogden for two more games.
How Boyer got his historic hits:
1st inning: Single to left field
2nd inning: Double to left field
5th inning: Home run to center field
8th inning: Triple to right field