OREM, Utah — After the Missoula Osprey couldn't bring home Joey Rose in the first inning, the Orem Owlz got to work.
Missoula couldn't stop Orem's hot bats fast enough.
By the end of the first inning, Missoula found itself in a 4-0 hole it couldn't climb out of, eventually dropping the game 5-1.
Orem's Torii Hunter Jr. led off in the bottom of the first with a single. Due to a fielding error by Missoula's Juan Araujo, he advanced to second. On the next at bat, Brandon Marsh doubled to left field and scored Hunter. Ryan Vega followed with a single to center field to score Marsh to make the game 2-0.
Three batters in and it was already rough for O's starting pitcher Kai-Wei Lin.
After the Osprey coaching staff talked to Lin on the mound, the O's got their first out.
The Owlz scored two more runs after Spencer Griffin singled to bring around Vega and Franklin Torres singled to drive home Manuel Guzman, who reached first base on a fielding error.
The long inning came to an end when the next Orem batter hit a ground ball into a double play. Missoula shortstop Brandon Leyton threw the ball to second baseman Joel Novas, who then threw to first baseman Francis Martinez for the third out of the frame.
The lone run for Missoula came in the top of the third inning. Andy Yerzy hit a double for one of the O's six hits to drive in Eduardo Diaz.
The Owlz tacked on another run of insurance in the seventh inning when Kerr hit a ground ball to right field to bring Griffin home.
Missoula left six runners on base, including leaving three on in scoring position.
The loss brings Missoula to a 1-3 record in the second half and 20-22 overall.