Matt Watwood crosses the plate to high-fives from his teammates after hitting a second-inning home run Tuesday against Moffat County High School. The Steamboat Springs High School baseball team lost to Moffat County, 15-7.

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Matt Watwood crosses the plate to high-fives from his teammates after hitting a second-inning home run Tuesday against Moffat County High School. The Steamboat Springs High School baseball team lost to Moffat County, 15-7.

Sailors baseball falls, 15-7, to Bulldogs

Coach: Defensive lapses cost Steamboat baseball team

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— With sporadic snow, constant wind and cold, the weather wasn’t the only thing that was sloppy on the field Tuesday in Craig.

Steamboat Springs High School manager Dave Roy said defensive lapses cost the SSHS varsity baseball team, as it lost, 15-7, Tuesday against Moffat County High School.

“We had too many mistakes,” he said. “We made too many errors, both physical and mental, and we played ourselves out of it.”

Starting pitcher Alan Cap­­istron was strong against Moffat County (4-2 overall, 2-1 in the Western Slope League), as he allowed two runs and no hits in three innings.

But because the junior was on a pitch count, he had to be taken out after the third inning, and errors dogged the Sailors (2-11 overall, 1-7 in the WSL).

Starting on the mound for Moffat County was ace Ben Williams, of Hayden.

Williams allowed six runs in five-plus innings, and the Bulldogs rode two solo home runs to the win.

Williams was able to set down the Sailors in order in the first inning.

The Bulldogs wasted little time in getting on the board, as leadoff hitter Dylon Camilletti reached on an error in the bottom of the first inning and scored after two stolen bases and a passed ball.

Nathan Hill also would score in the inning to give MCHS a 2-0 advantage.

Steamboat’s Matt Watwood quickly cut into that lead with a booming home run to lead off the second inning, and the Sailors capitalized on sloppy play from MCHS in the third inning to take a 3-2 lead.

But MCHS was able to plate two runs in the fourth to take a 4-3 lead.

Moffat County’s Austin Sadvar hit the first pitch of the fifth inning in almost the same spot where Watwood’s shot fell as the Bulldogs added three more runs in the fifth for a 7-3 lead.

Steamboat refused to go away, and scored three runs in the top of the sixth to tighten the score to 7-6 in favor of MCHS.

Halen Raymond followed Sadvar’s lead and hit a first-pitch home run in a sixth inning that saw MCHS score eight runs for a 15-6 lead.

Mark Doolin, who entered the game in the sixth inning, was able to cool off the Sailors bats and collect the last five outs while giving up only one run.

Steamboat’s next game will be Saturday in Craig against Rifle High School.

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