September, February or June -- the month matters little when Steamboat Springs and Moffat County square off. One always wants to beat the other.
On Tuesday, it was the Bulldogs' turn to win as they defeated the Sailors, 9-5, in an American Legion baseball game at Emerald Park.
"It doesn't matter what sport it is," Moffat County starting pitcher Josh Satterwhite said. "I always want to be on top against Steamboat."
Varsity baseball is played during the spring in Colorado, but the Bulldogs and Sailors appreciate the opportunity to continue playing during the summer. Without it, Steamboat would never play on its home fields.
"We're indoors all winter," Sailors catcher Charlie Cogburn said. "It's nice to actually get to play out here. We are out here to get better and have fun. It's all about improving."
On Tuesday, Moffat County's pitching duo of Satterwhite and Bryan Wojtkiewicz held Steamboat to five runs. Satterwhite surrendered one run in four innings of work, allowing only pinch-runner Jeff Truslow to score on a Graham Hogrefe single to right field.
The Sailors added four more runs in the bottom of the fifth, tying the game on Nic DeVos' RBI-double that plated Cogburn.
Earlier, Cogburn cleared the bases with a triple to the center-field wall that scored Marc Hall, Zack Savage and Skylar Mitchell, each of whom reached base on walks by Wojtkiewicz.
"Toward the fourth or fifth pitch, he was trying to bring the heat and get it past me," said Cogburn, who recently started playing baseball again after breaking his wrist during the spring season. "I just had to stay alive."
But Wojtkiewicz silenced the Steamboat bats in the final two innings, giving up just two hits and striking out five batters, including three in the final inning.
Steamboat starting pitcher Alex Wood pitched fairly well. He surrendered five runs in 3 1/3 innings but worked out of several jams with good pitches and some help from his defense.
Moffat County scored its first run on Bryan Richards' RBI-double in the top of the second. The Bulldogs added another run in the third when Wojtkiewicz scored on Brad Grinstead's single.
Moffat County added three runs in the fourth, but Steamboat came back to tie the game at 5-5 in the bottom of the fifth. The Bulldogs pulled away in the sixth with three more runs. Chris Winder scored what turned out to be the winning run on Wojtkiewicz's double in the top of the sixth.