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Ogden claws I.F., 13-8, at Melaleuca Field

By Luke O’Roark | Post Register | @LukeORoark
You might want to check your car for dents if you were at Melaleuca Field Wednesday night.

The Raptors blasted two home runs and took advantage of three oppositional fielding errors, to beat the Chukars 13-8 at Melaleuca Field in front of 1,579 fans.

Ogden tallied 15 hits against Idaho Falls’ three pitchers, Dillon Drabble, Garrettson Harris and Andrew Beckwith, to hand the Chukars’ their fourth loss in five games.

(FILE) Chukars’ Cristhian Vasquez catches a pop fly during game one of three against the Voyagers at Melaleuca Field in Idaho Falls, Id., Friday, August 11, 2017. (Photo/ John Roark, jroark@postregister.com)

Idaho Falls has allowed 58 runs during that span.

With the win, Ogden keeps its playoff hopes alive at 36-22 (14-7 second half). Idaho Falls’ chances continue to dip, falling to 26-33 (9-12).

The Raptors are 5-3 when playing the Chukars this season.

Despite Ogden’s hot offense at Melaleuca Field, the Chukars did respond with runs of their own Wednesday, peaking when first baseman Robby Rinn slugged a two-run home run to revitalize the Chukars in the bottom of the eighth.

Rinn finished the night 2 for 3 at the plate.

But the Chukars — the worst pitching, and most undisciplined, team in the Pioneer League — fell in similar fashion. They simply couldn’t prevent the Raptors from circling the bases throughout Wednesday’s three-hour bout.

After Drabble surrendered two home runs during the first two frames, the Chukars got onto the board thanks to Cristhian Vasquez and Matt Morales RBIs.

Freddy Fermin and Darrell Miller Jr. then squeezed the Raptors’ four-run lead after Fermin hit in a run and Miller walked home, respectively, to cut Ogden’s lead to two.

But a sloppy fifth innings, which included a throwing error from Morales that allowed an extra base runner, helped the Raptors to score four runs.

The Raptors’ damage continued in the top of the ninth frame when the Raptors scored three runs off Harris. Harris finished the night with five hits, three earned runs in 2.2 innings pitched for a 9.00 ERA. He struck out three batters. Drabble (1-3) took the loss after allowing seven earned runs on 10 hits and two home runs.

Idaho Falls’ offense failed to respond as Fermin, Vasquez and Gonzalez all struck out in the top of the ninth.

To start the night, Ogden took an early 3-0 lead after a 424-foot, three-run homer by Mitchell Hansen flew over the right wall during the first inning. It was Hansen’s ninth home run of 2017.

Connor Heady continued the damage, hitting a three-run home run to extend Ogden’s lead to 6-0. It was also over the right wall.

What’s important:

Two early home runs set the tone, as the Chukars’ offense couldn’t carry their weak pitching and three fielding errors.

Player (s) of the game:

Robby Rinn. Rinn finished 2 for 3 at the plate with a two-run home run during the top of the eighth. He was also walked twice.


– Attendance was announced as 1,578 Wednesday night.


Idaho Falls will return to Melaleuca Field for game two against Ogden. First pitch is at 7:15 p.m.

Chukars beat Raptors, 7-4, to finish home stand

By Paul Lambert | Post Register
To survive the long summer baseball schedule, it pays to have a short memory.

The Idaho Falls Chukars apparently subscribe to this baseball mantra, putting back-to-back blowout losses to Ogden in the rear view with a 7-4 win over the Raptors on Friday night at Melaleuca Field.

“The best thing about baseball, is there’s always a game tomorrow, and sometimes the worst thing about baseball, is there’s always a game tomorrow,” Chukars manager Justin Gemoll said. “Our guys did a tremendous job putting the last two nights behind them.”

Whitewashed 17-3 and 18-1 by Ogden (10-9) the previous two nights, the Chukars (9-10) scored three in the first and two more in the sixth and made it stand up with solid pitching and defense, earning a split in the four game series.

Starter Andres Sotillet and teammate Garrettson Harris combined to shut down the hot-hitting Raptors, pitching five and four innings, respectively, combining for six strikeouts.

“All the way around, it’s good to see them developing that kind of short term memory,” Gemoll said. “That’s what you have to do as a professional baseball player.”

After making five errors resulting in six unearned runs in Thursday’s 18-1 loss, the Chukars put on their fielding boots Friday.

Idaho Falls tightened things up all around, committing just one miscue while getting extraordinary defensive plays from third baseman Logan Gray, left fielder Cristhian Vasquez and shortstop Tyler Straub, among others.

“That’s a product of those guys being prepared, doing the little things in practice.” Gemoll said. “That and basically being great athletes as well.”

Idaho Falls sent eight batters to the plate in the first to end Ogden starter Jairo Pacheco’s night early, capitalizing on four walks. Of the seven Idaho Falls hits, two were triples as both Vasquez and Johathan McCray lined shots into right-center, both coming around to score.

McCray and Vance Vizcaino each finished with a pair of RBIs, with Vizcaino’s sixth inning single extending his hitting streak to eight games.

The Chukars will be back in action in Orem, Utah today for the first game of a three-game series against the Pioneer League South Division leading Owlz (13-6).

Idaho Falls will be back home Wednesday for the first of a seven-game homestand, beginning with Helena, followed by Missoula.

Raptors blast Chukars, 18-1

Luke O’Roark | Post Register | @Lukeoroark
For Ogden, Thursday night at Melaleuca Field looked similar to Wednesday.
After scoring 17 runs the night before, the Raptors hit three home runs and led the Chukars 11-0 by the top of the fourth. They would go on to register 18 runs on 17 hits to beat the Chukars 18-1 Thursday at Melaleuca.

Chukars infielder Offerman Collado (1) makes it to first base during a game against the Ogden Raptors on Thursday night at Melaluca Field.

The Chukars fall to 8-10 while the Raptors moved to 10-8. Ogden has outscored Idaho Falls 35-4 the past two games.
Ogden’s offense was hot early and often. The Raptors scored a run in every inning until the seventh inning stretch Thursday.
For Idaho Falls, Thursday was a continuation of one of its early struggles this season: pitching.
After allowing 11 runs on nine hits in five innings, newly acquired lefty Robert Gracia finally put a stop to the Raptors’ streaky offense. He finished with five runs (three earned) on five hits while striking out five batters.
Jake Wakamatsu — usually a position player — finished on the mound for Idaho Falls. He allowed two runs (one of which was earned) on four hits and struck out one batter in 1.1 innings pitched. It was his first time pitching.
Offerman Collado scored the Chukars’ first (and only) run of the game with an RBI-single, scoring Cristhian Vasquez in the fifth frame. The frame ended with a Raptors 6-4-3 double-play while bases were loaded.
Idaho Falls ended the night with eight hits and five errors. Collado led all Chukars by going 2 for 3 at the plate.
Luis Paz hit a 439-foot, 3-run home run before some fans even got to their seats Thursday. From there, the Raptors scored 10 runs from innings two through six. Moises Perez went 4 for 6 with three runs and RBIs, respectively. Nick Yarnall went 2 for 6 and four RBIs. Paz finished 2 for 4 for three RBIs.

What’s important:

A day after surrendering 17 runs, the Chukars surrendered 18 in their fourth loss in five games.

Player (s) of the game:

Offerman Collado. A day after scoring an RBI, Collado got his second RBI in two days. He scored Cristhian Vasquez in the bottom of the fifth.


Attendance was announced as 2,217.
Vance Vizcaino has now tallied a hit in seven-straight games. Robby Rinn has tallied a hit in six-straight games.
Back-to-back Chukars were hit by an Adalberto Pena pitches during the bottom of the fourth. Vizcaino was hit in right leg on a pitch. Tyler Straub was hit in the shoulder the very next pitch.

Chukars infielder Jonathan McCray unsucessfuly slides to first during a game against the Ogden Raptors on Thursday night at Melaluca Field.

Three former Chukars are in this year’s MLB All-Star Game: Salvador Perez (2009), Mike Moustakas (11 games in 2007) and Greg Holland (2007).
During the first inning, Offerman Collado accidentally broke third base after sliding into it. The Chukars’ groundkeeper fixed it after a few minutes.
A rabbit was occassionally seen hopping around right field late Thursday night.
After one inning, Ogden’s catcher Garrett Hope tripped and fell on his way back to the Raptors’ bullpen. He was called “safe!” and swung his arms out like an umpire while on the ground.


The Chukars will finish out a four-game home stand against Ogden at Melaleuca Field Friday. First pitch is 7:15 p.m.

Raptors embarrass Chukars, 17-3

Offerman Collado

By Luke O’Roark | Post Register | @Lukeoroark
Chukars fans shook their heads and began to leave. Some in the press box laughed in disbelief.
Ogden utilized a 10-run inning to beat Idaho Falls, 17-3, Wednesday night at Melaleuca Field. The loss pushes the Chukars to 8-9. Ogden is 9-8.
The Raptors scored so many runs in the top of the fifth, the scoreboard read “0” because there was more than nine runs. Instead, Ogden scored 10 — embarrassing Idaho Falls a day after the Chukars won on July 4.
“Defense, Chukars!” one fan screamed in the top of the eighth.
“A little late for that,” another fan responded.
Despite Idaho Falls adding two runs in the bottom of the sixth, it was too late.
The Raptors had pulled away after Nick Yarnall hit a two-RBI double off a Julio Pinto (1-3) pitch to start the fifth frame. Manager Justin Gemoll pulled Pinto right after. Pinto allowed six hits, six runs and a home run in four innings pitched. He struck out eight batters.
It only got worse for Idaho Falls. Randy Acevedo surrendered six runs and six hits in 0.2 innings pitched. Ogden added eight more runs to go up 12-1. The Raptors sent 14 batters go to the plate in the top of the fifth.
Before the fifth inning, though, Wednesday’s game was relatively close.
Ogden scored first — hitting its 26th home run of the 2017 campaign (which also leads the Pioneer League) off a Pinto pitch.
Chukars’ leadoff hitter Offerman Collado answered in the third with an RBI-single.
In the third, the Raptors took a 2-1 lead. Of course, they tacked on 10 more runs in the fifth.

What’s important:

Things just didn’t go the Chukars’ way Wednesday. The Raptors’ 10 runs in the top of the fifth doomed the Chukars before 9:30 p.m.

Player (s) of the game:

Offerman Collado. The leadoff hitter brought a rare cheer Wednesday when he drove in a run during the bottom of the second. He finished 1 for 4 and an RBI.


  • Ogden’s 19 hits was the second-most Idaho Falls allowed this season. They previously allowed 23 hits against Grand Junction on June 20.
  • The Raptors lead the Pioneer League with 26 home runs. Their 26th came off a Julio Pinto pitch in the first inning.
  • Tyler Straub suffered a possible hand injuy while sliding back to first base during a pick off in the second inning. Idaho Falls’ trainers then evaluated him at first. Straub remained in the game.
  • Wednesday’s attendance was announced at 2,553.
  • The Chukars have not won back-to-back games since June 28 and 29 (6-4 against Grand Junction, then a 9-7 wins at Orem).

Up next:

The Chukars return to Melaleuca Field to play the Raptors amidst a four-game home stand. First pitch is at 7:15 p.m.

Correction: a previous version of this story state pitching coach Jeff Suppan pulled Julio Pinto during the fifth inning. It was actually manager Justin Gemoll. The story has been updated for accuracy. 

Chukars blast Raptors behind Vizcaino’s three RBIs

By Luke O’Roark | Post Register | @Lukeoroark


It was a Fourth of July celebration at Melaleuca Field, and Chukars outfielder Vance Vizcaino provided the fireworks.
Vizcaino blasted the Ogden Raptors Tuesday for a home run and three RBIs to help the Chukars win 7-4. His home run against Carlos Felix demoralized the Raptors — who beat the Chukars the night before — and pushed the Chukars to .500 (8-8) again. It was Vizcaino’s first home run of the season.
“I felt like I was hitting the ball pretty well, last couple of bats got a little tricky, got pitched a little different, but it’s alright,” Vizcaino said. “But it was a good day. Started out well and finished with a win on Fourth of July.”
The Chukars were in command throughout Tuesday.
After scoring two runs in the second (one of which came from a Vizcaino RBI-double) Idaho Falls scored four unanswered runs before responding with another two runs after Ogden’s Rylan Bannon hit a home run in the top of the fifth.
Jonathan McCray and Amalani Fukofuka went 2 for 4 at-bat Tuesday, respectively. Fukofuka’s RBI came in the bottom of the seventh and was the last run the Chukars needed.
Robby Rinn also had a notable day at Melaleuca Field: 2 for 3 at the plate and two RBIs. He leads the Pioneer League with 21 RBIs this season.
Vizcaino said the Chukars’ coaching staff talked to the players about “coming up big” on the ride back from Ogden Monday night. The Chukars came back late Monday night against the Raptors, but eventually lost in 10 innings.
But whatever was exactly said on that bus ride home, it worked. The Chukars outhit the Raptors 10-8 and didn’t allow a run until the fifth frame Tuesday evening.
“It’s good to fight back,” Vizcaino said. “And we’ve done that every game we’ve lost in.”
Starting pitcher David McKay had one of the Chukars’ best pitching performances of the season. He pitched 7.2 innings, striking six out. He allowed five hits, but only one run (a home run).
“You know, just going out and working down and establishing inside (the strike zone), that way it opens up the outside part and helps all my other pitches, too,” McKay said. He said his curveball was effective against the Raptors majority-right-handed lineup.

What’s important:

After losing a close game on the road to the Raptors, the Chukars returned home and looked sharp. Save for Ogden’s two home runs, Idaho Falls played (arguably) its best all-around game Tuesday. The Chukars made solid contact with the Raptors’ pitches.


Vizcaino’s first home run came Tuesday. He’s batting .255 on the season through Tuesday morning.
It was the first time a Chukars game started before 7 p.m.
Attendance was announced as 3,102.

Tuesday was also the first time the Chukars wore white-white, pinstripe jerseys this season.
The city of Idaho Falls was providing helicopter rides for the July 4th celebration, causing helicopter sounds to occasionally boom over Melaleuca Field during play.

Player of the game:

Vance Vizcaino and David McKay. Vizcaino went 2 for 4 at-bat, had three RBIs and hit his first home run of the season. McKay, meanwhile, had one of the best pitching performances this year for Idaho Falls. He pitched 7.2 innings and had seven strikeouts. He only allowed five hits and one earned run.

Quote of the game:

“All the guys have been saying ‘it feels like we haven’t been home yet’ so it’s nice to come back, sleep in a familiar bed and wake up and get in a routine, again.” – pitcher David McKay.

Up next:

The Chukars will return to Melaleuca Field Wednesday to play Ogden. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. Ogden and Idaho Falls are amidst a seven-game series.

Chukars lose to Raptors in extra innings

By Luke O’Roark | Post Register | @Lukeoroark
No lead is safe in the Pioneer League.
After trailing the entire game, the Chukars scored three runs in the top of the ninth to tie the Raptors and force extra innings. Jonathan McCray — who was recently sent to Triple-A only to be sent back down to the Chukars — hit his second RBI of the game. Then Vance Vizcaino trimmed to Raptors’ lead to one with a shot to center field. Finally, Amalani Fukofuka forced extra innings after he got to home plate off a wild pitch.
Despite the sudden momentum swing, the Chukars’ late rally went in vain. Ogden defeated Idaho Falls 7-6 in 10 innings Monday night at Lindquist Field after Rylan Bannon scored off a Offerman Collado throwing error.
Up to that point, Idaho Falls had halted Ogden’s early dominance.
McCray solo homered in the first inning to give the Chukars an early 1-0 lead. That lead didn’t last as the Raptors scored three runs in the bottom of the first and then scored two runs to set up the Chukars’ 3-run, ninth inning.
The Raptors held the Chukars scoreless in innings five through eight, as they held a two-run lead throughout.
But again, no lead is ever safe in the Pioneer League.
McCray lead Idaho Falls Monday by going 3 for 5 at the plate and garnering two RBIs. Ogden’s Tyler Adkison had a similar stat line: 3 for 5 with one RBI and three runs.
The loss puts the Chukars’ record at 7-8. Ogden is now 8-7.

What’s important:

The Chukars rallied late, but came up short at Ogden.

Player (s) of the game:

Jonathan McCray. He went 3 for 5, notched two RBIs and hit his second home run of the season in the first inning.


Monday was the second time a Chukars game went to extra innings this season. The first was Idaho Fall’s season opener (a 8-7, 10-inning win at Grand Junction on June 19).
Idaho Falls has lost three of its previous five games. Its last win came against Ogden at 7-0 on Saturday.
Jonathan McCray’s home run in the first inning was his second this season.


The Chukars will return to Melaleuca Field for July 4th. They will play the Raptors for game four of a 7-game home-away series.

Sunday’s game:

The Chukars lost a close one to Ogden, 7-6, at Lindquist Field Sunday.
The Raptors took a quick 6-0 lead after three frames, as four runs came in the bottom of the third because of home runs by Nick Yarnall and Garrett Hope.
The Chukars would respond late with two Vance Vizcaino RBIs — his fifth and sixth RBIs this season — and cutting the Raptors’ lead to one in the top of the ninth.
But then Ogden made a pitching change, putting Patrick Duester in charge of closing. He would.
On a 1-1 pitch, Tyler Straub flied out center field — closing the door on Idaho Falls’ late rally.
The loss put the Chukars at 7-7 on the season.

Chukars end the 2016 season with a fitting win

Idaho Falls Chukars third baseman Manny Olloque hits a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning Thursday against the Orem Owlz at Melaleuca Field. The Chukars won the season finale 10-8. (Photo courtesy of Steven Thayer)
Idaho Falls Chukars third baseman Manny Olloque hits a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning Thursday against the Orem Owlz at Melaleuca Field. The Chukars won the season finale 10-8. (Photo courtesy of Steven Thayer)

The Idaho Falls Chukars ended their season in fitting fashion.

The game lasted three hours and 10 minutes, I.F.’s 25th game with a duration of at least three hours. The Chukars and Orem Owlz traded leads three times and scored boat loads of runs. And no Chukars game would be complete without some errors.

I.F. finished the 2016 season with a 10-8 win over Orem Thursday night in front of 2,194 fans at Melaleuca Field. The Chukars didn’t make the Pioneer League playoffs, but they finished the season with a 40-36 overall record the best in the South Division.

“When you’re not in the playoffs, it’s easy to check out,” Chukars third baseman Manny Olloque said. “But I felt like we finished strong and did good throughout the year. We were above .500, and we competed every game.”

Crooked numbers

The Chukars entered Thursday’s game with 507 runs scored, 35 more than second-place Ogden. With 10 on Thursday, I.F. finished the season averaging 6.8 runs per game.

Run prevention, however, wasn’t the Chukars’ strong suit, as Thursday showed.

Chukars opening day starter Arnaldo Hernandez took the hill in the final game, which didn’t go as well as his first start. Hernandez pitched five innings in I.F.’s 8-2 win over the Ogden Raptors on June 17, allowing one earned run on three hits. On Thursday, the first five Orem batters reached base, and three of them scored.

Hernandez pitched 4.1 innings on Thursday. The right-hander allowed eight runs (seven earned) on 11 hits and a walk, and he struck out two.

I.F.’s offense immediately bailed Hernandez out from his rough start. The Chukars scored six runs on five hits, two walks and a hit-by-pitch in the bottom of the first.

Orem rallied to take an 8-7 lead in the fifth, but I.F. responded in the seventh. Joe Dudek opened the scoring with his sixth home run of the season, a deep two-run shot to center field. The next batter, Manny Olloque, hit a blast to left field to finish the scoring for the night.

Enmanuel Cammacho pitched three scoreless, hitless innings, and Richard Lovelady pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his sixth save of the season. The left-hander was lights out in his 13 games with I.F. Lovelady finished with a 1.84 ERA, 16 strikeouts and seven walks.

“Every guy got better,” Chukars manager Justin Gemoll said. “It’s a developmental league. These guys grew together as a team and figured out how to win some ballgames.”

The Chukars also committed two errors in the game, upping their season total to 167 (2.2 per game). The next closest team was Ogden, which finished with 131 errors.

Player of the game

Chukars third baseman Manny Olloque

Olloque and Dudek each hit a home run and a double. Olloque added a single to finish 3 for 4, while Dudek was 2 for 4.

Thursday’s performance ended an impressive 2016 season for Olloque. The Pioneer League postseason all-star had a .330 batting average, eight home runs and an OPS over .850.

The biggest area Olloque wants to improve is defense. The 20-year-old committed 25 errors this season, including two on Thursday.

“I lost focus,” Olloque said. “I look forward to instructs and get better on defense.”

Chukars split doubleheader with Raptors


A day that started out so well ended with the Idaho Falls Chukars one loss closer to elimination.

Idaho Falls opened Saturday with a tidy 3-2 win over the Ogden Raptors in the first game of a doubleheader at Lindquist Field. The Chukars got some more good news later in the night when Pioneer League South Division leader Grand Junction fell to Orem.

But the good news didn’t last as Idaho Falls’ bats went silent in a 7-1 loss in the nightcap that pushed the Chukars 4.5 games behind the Rockies with just five games to play. Any combination of I.F. losses and Grand Junction wins equaling two will end the Chukars’ playoff hopes.

In Saturday’s opener, Igol Feliz extended the Chukars’ run of strong starts with an impressive six-inning performance. Feliz (3-3, 5.08 ERA) allowed just five hits and didn’t walk a batter while striking out five. Richard Lovelady pitched around two walks in the seventh to earn his fifth save.

And the offense did just enough, getting a run in the second on Joe Dudek’s RBI double to right, and two more in the seventh on RBI singles from Nick Dini and Meibrys Viloria.

The momentum didn’t carry over into Game 2. Ogden grabbed a 2-0 lead in the second and led 7-0 after four. That was more than enough for starting pitcher Sven Schuller, who allowed just two hits while striking out three in five shutout innings.

Andres Machado, who has been one of I.F.’s best pitchers this season, allowed six runs (three earned) on seven hits while striking out five in three innings.

Idaho Falls didn’t score until the seventh and managed just five hits.

Player of the game

Idaho Falls catcher Meibrys Viloria

Viloria was a bright spot Saturday, going a combined 3 for 7 with a run scored and two RBIs. He also hit his 28th double, leaving him two shy of tying the Pioneer League single-season record.

Up next

The Chukars and Raptors finish their four-game at 4 p.m. today in Ogden. Jace Vines (1-6, 6.04) is scheduled to start for Idaho Falls. The Chukars then play two games in Orem before closing the regular season with two more against Orem at Melaleuca Field on Wednesday and Thursday.

Raptors rally past the Chukars 3-2


Idaho Falls’ slim chances at making the Pioneer League playoffs took a big hit Friday with a 3-2 loss to the Ogden Raptors in Utah.

The loss, combined with Grand Junction’s 15-inning win over Orem, pushes the Chukars five games behind the Rockies in the South Division second-half standings with just eight games to play. Idaho Falls can be eliminated with any combination of Chukars losses and Grand Junction wins that adds up to three.

Good start, bad finish

Idaho Falls got another good performance from a starting pitcher, but couldn’t make it equal a win. Arnaldo Hernandez was strong in his six innings, allowing two earned runs on three hits with two walks and nine strikeouts. But the game was tied when he left the game, and Ogden got to the I.F. bullpen when it counted.

DJ Peters did the damage, smacking a solo homer off Christian Flecha in the bottom of the eighth. Ogden relievers Adalberto Pena and Vinny Santarsiero did the rest, allowing just one hit and two walks while striking out five over the final three innings to secure the win.

Idaho Falls finished with just five hits, two of them coming from Joe Dudek. Angelo Castellano added a solo homer in the third inning, his second of the season.

Player of the game

Ogden right fielder DJ Peters

On a night of limited offense, Peters was the hero. He stepped to the plate with two outs in the bottom of the eighth in a tie game and belted a no-doubter over the wall in left-center field. That run proved to be the difference.

Up next

The Chukars and Raptors play a doubleheader today after Thursday’s game was rained out. Idaho Falls will start Andres Machado (2-3, 3.72) starting Game 1 at 3:05 p.m. and Igol Feliz (2-3, 5.54 ERA) taking the hill in Game 2 to follow.

Chukars washed out in Ogden


The Idaho Falls Chukars’ chase for a playoff spot was put on hold by rain in Ogden, Utah, on Thursday night.

Idaho Falls won three of four against Ogden this week at Melaleuca Field to cut their deficit on first-place Grand Junction to 3.5 games and three of the second-place Raptors. But rain washed out Thursday’s game, and combined with Grand Junction’s 8-0 win over Orem the Chukars’ deficit is four heading into today’s single game. Idaho Falls has eight games remaining.

Ogden and I.F. will play a doubleheader Saturday (beginning at 1:30 p.m.) and then finish their four-game series Sunday before Idaho Falls heads to Orem for two games against the first-half champion Owlz. Idaho Falls plays its final two regular-season games at home Wednesday and Thursday against Orem.

Any combination of six Idaho Falls losses and Grand Junction wins will eliminate the Chukars from the playoff hunt.