The Salt Lake Trappers wasted away several prime opportunities in the early going and were unable to recover as Pocatello took a 7-6 victory Saturday night at Hallowell Park.
Though Salt Lake managed to close the lead in the final inning, the Trappers never led and stranded 14 runners. They loaded the bases in the first inning but ended up scoreless. In the second inning they had a pair of runners in scoring position but couldn't deliver any runs. Meanwhile, the Giants were compiling a 3-0 lead, notching a run in the first and two more in the third.Salt Lake got on the scoreboard with a pair of runs in the fourth. Second baseman Kelly Zane singled in a pair of runs to pull the Trappers to a 3-2 deficit. But they blew a chance to tie the score when a double play took them out of the sixth inning after having the bases full and just one out.
Mark Hilpert boosted Pocatello's lead to 4-2 with an RBI single in the sixth and Jesus Laya added an RBI hit as well.
Salt Lake catcher Mando Verdugo led off with his third homer of the season in the top of the seventh to cut the Giants' lead to 5-3. But in the bottom half of the inning Joey Speakes tripled in one run and Dan Pinrod singled in another, boosting the Pocatello lead to four runs.
Ray Karczewski hammered his first professional home run to lead of the Salt Lake eighth inning, closing Pocatello's lead to 7-4.
The Trappers made a final overture in the top of the ninth with a pair of runs. Verdugo led off with a double and Randy Moore followed with an RBI single. Tommy Boyce struck out but Kerry Shaw followed with a bloop a single into the outfield. Karczewski, who was 3-for-4 on the night, flew out and Pat Waid followed with an RBI single to bring the Traps within a run. Kelly Zane lifted an infield popup to end the game.
The win moved Pocatello's record to 5-7 while the Trappers dropped to 6-6.