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Idaho Falls clinches playoff spot

Updated: 2013-09-05T04:46:56Z

By PETE GRATHOFF

The Kansas City Star

Rookie-Advanced Idaho Falls clinched a spot in the Pioneer League playoffs on Wednesday night by virtue of its 12-7 victory over Orem.

The Chukars clinched the second-half title thanks to Cody Stubbs’ grand slam and Hunter Dozier’s solo home run. Dozier also added a two-run double and scored twice.

Mauricio Ramos had three hits, including two doubles, and scored twice. Dominique Taylor also had three hits and he scored twice.

All that offense staked Idaho Falls to a 12-0 lead in the fifth inning and it held off the Owlz comeback attempt.

Patrick Conroy, 6-2, gave up two runs on eight hits with a walk and and three strikeouts in five innings.

The Chukars won the South division’s second-half title.

Class AAA Omaha

Christian Colon had a home run and an RBI double as Class AAA Omaha opened the playoffs with a 3-1 win at Oklahoma City.

Ben Broussard’s sacrifice fly in the first inning staked the Storm Chasers to an early lead. Colon’s double in the sixth inning scored Gorkys Hernandez to make it 2-0. Oklahoma City got a run back in the seventh.

Colon’s homer in the ninth finished the scoring.

Brian Sanches started in place of Yordano Ventura, who was held out of the game for violating an unspecified team rule. Sanches tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings as he allowed four hits, walked two and struck out two.

Maikel Cleto walked four and gave up a run in one-third of an inning.

Michael Mariot pitched three scoreless innings, allowing one hit, walking one and striking out three. He got the save as the Storm Chasers won the opener of the best-of-five American Conference playoff series.

To reach Pete Grathoff, call 816-234-4330 or send email to pgrathoff@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/pgrathoff

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