Chukars destroy Owlz with 20-plus runs

The Idaho Falls Chukars avenged Thursday’s shutout loss with an off the charts game Friday at Melaleuca Field.

The Chukars poured it on the Orem Owlz Friday night thanks to eight extra base hits in the first three innings. The Chukars led 21-2 in the top of the eighth in the game, which finished past the Post Register’s deadline.

The Chukars had 21 batters in two innings, eventually building a comfortable 13-run lead after three frames. Every Chukar had a hit Friday night. Eight batters had more than two hits. Four batters had three hits.

Nate Eaton continued his impressive rookie-A season, going 3 for 6 with three runs and three RBIs at the plate (as of the Post Register’s deadline) during the blow out game. He hit in his fifth triple in 22 games, eventually hitting in a double during the bottom of the third.

Reed Rohlman — who batted behind Eaton — outdid the clean up hitter. Rohlman went 4 for 5 with five RBIs with a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth.

The Chukars blew the game open in the bottom of the second thanks to six runs in 10 at-bats.

The Chukars took an 8-0 lead, and it only got uglier.

Idaho Falls scored five more runs in the bottom of the third to blow out the Owlz and potentially win the home series, 2-1. The first three frames took an hour and 34 minutes.

The rest of Friday’s game? Orem’s Kiki Menendez hit a two-run home run in the top of the sixth. It only helped his stats.

Rohlman responded with his own two-run home run, as the Chukars remain in the hunt of the Pioneer South.

The Chukars added five more runs in the bottom of the seventh, as the outcome was never in doubt late.

Player(s) of the game

… Every hitter?

In all seriousness, Reed Rohlman. He lead the Chukars’ bombarding offense with four hits, including a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth.

Notable

- Third baseman Nate Eaton is on a nine-game hitting streak. He hit in his fifth triple in 22 games.

- In the previous five games, Tyler James has 10 steals. He had three Friday.

- Jose Marquez has three multi-hit games in the previous five games.

- Reed Rohlman has a five-game hitting streak.

- The attendance was announced as 3,296, per the Chukars’ staff.

Up next

The Chukars are on the road the next two nights. Idaho Falls plays at Orem on Saturday and Sunday before its first off day Monday.

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