Although Moffat County High School was able to outlast Steamboat Springs High School boys varsity baseball team, 9-3, on Tuesday in Craig, manger Dave Roy said the improvement his team has made is easily visible.
“We’ve made some changes, and we fell like we’re a lot more solid up the middle,” Roy said. “We have Carson Becker at shortstop, so we have some strength up the middle.”
The Sailors (3-13 overall, 2-9 in the Western Slope League) played solid defense, but the Bulldogs (6-5 overall, 4-4 in the WSL) rode three home runs to victory.
Matt Watwood started for the Sailors and pitched six strong innings, allowing eight runs on seven hits and one walk.
“Matt pitched well today,” he said. “Kudos to the Bulldogs, because (catcher Scott Costello) hit a ball that was low and outside and it made it over the right field fence.”
Hayden’s Mark Doolin started for Moffat County, and struck out six batters in three innings.
Bubba Ivers closed the game by pitching four innings and striking out another six batters.
Moffat County jumped onto the board with a run in the top of the first inning, but Steamboat Springs answered with a run off a Bulldog error to knot the score at 1-1.
Moffat County’s Dylon Camilletti started the second inning with a home run and the Bulldogs were able to plate another run to lead, 3-1.
Steamboat scored again in the third inning after Watwood doubled and Ryan Hall was able to knock him in to cut the lead to 3-2.
Moffat County would get home runs by Costello and Ivers in the fourth and fifth innings to make the score 8-2.
Steamboat’s Brandon Clark singled to open the fifth inning, and scored on a Hall single. Moffat County got its last run in the seventh inning.
Steamboat was able to threaten in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings, but two double plays and a strikeout ended any threat.
“We stranded a lot of runners,” Roy said. “We had the opportunities, we just didn’t get the key hits.”
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