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OREM — It's probably a good thing Orem Owlz manager Tom Kotchman wasn't here to witness this.

Kotchman is in Florida this weekend helping his daughter get settled at college. He wouldn't have enjoyed his team's performance in a Pioneer League doubleheader Saturday night against Billings.

How bad was it?

The Owlz had more errors (four) than hits (three) and fell to the Mustangs, 4-0 in the first game. They then went on to lose the late game, 5-3.

As a result of all of the miscues on the field, Orem gave up only one earned run in the opener. Third baseman Dallas Morris committed two errors while pitcher Daniel Hawkins and outfielder Anderson Rosario committed one each.

Not that Billings was much better — the Mustangs made two errors as well.

Meanwhile, the Owlz's bats fell silent with just three singles.

Mustang starter Sam Lecure surrendered one hit in four innings of work, walking four and striking out three.

Hawkins yielded four hits in 4 1/8 innings and didn't allow an earned run. But he was saddled with the loss and saw his record drop to 3-2 on the season.

The mistakes continued to pile up in the second game as Orem committed two more errors in the first three innings. However, the Owlz managed to get on the scoreboard in the nightcap. Billy Boyer's RBI single in the second inning gave Orem a 1-0 lead. In the fourth, Orem plated a pair of runs on a passed ball and a bunt single by Brad Coon.

The Owlz will take today off before hosting Missoula Monday night.


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