The second inning doomed the Idaho Falls Chukars for the second night in a row.
A night after scoring five runs in the top of the second, the Orem Owlz racked up seven runs in the top of the second Thursday and rode the early lead to a 12-4 victory at Melaleuca Field.
A lack of control and walks from starting pitcher Tyler Mack sunk the Chukars (19-21 overall, 0-2 second half) on Wednesday. On Thursday, Idaho Falls starting pitcher Jake Junis found the zone. But he found too much of it and Orem (22-18, 2-0) pummelled his offerings.
Cal Towey led off the second with a walk. Brandon Bayardi and Eric Aguilera followed with back-to-back doubles. Mark Shannon laced a two-run single into right field, and then Julio Concepcion and Zac Livingston cranked back-to-back home runs to left field for a 6-0 lead.