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Bulldogs pull away with late offense

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— All that Bryan Wojtkiewicz needed was for his team to score one run, but he didn’t mind the seven others.

The Moffat County senior threw a three-hit shutout against Steamboat Springs in an 8-0 win. It wasn’t until the fifth inning that Wojtkiewicz’s offense broke the game open.

“I knew all I needed was the run we scored in the first inning,” Wojtkiewicz said. “But when the bats started working was when my arm felt the best.”

The Moffat County senior struck out 14 batters, and only three Sailors advanced beyond second base.

Steamboat’s Alex Wood kept pace with Wojtkiewicz through four innings, allowing three hits and one run.

“Alex did a good job working their batters,” Steamboat coach Dave Roy said. “He kept us in the game.”

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After Wojtkiewicz struck out the side in the bottom of the fourth, the Bulldogs caught up with Wood’s pitching.

Chris Winder got his second extra-base hit of the game with a double, and Bryan Richards hit a two-run double in the next at bat.

In the sixth, the Bulldogs added two more runs.

In the seventh inning, the Moffat County hitters found the power they have displayed most of the season. Richards and Brad Grinstead hit home runs on back-to-back pitches to end Wood’s day on the mound.

“It wasn’t a very good day for us on offense,” Wojtkiewicz said. “We’ll probably hear about that tomorrow, but coach started making us take pitches, and it gave us more patience.”

Even if it wasn’t a very good day, Roy said he knew it was only matter of time for the Bulldogs to get going.

“They’re a solid team, and we needed some more timely hits if we were going to hang with them,” he said. “We’re coming into our own, but the Bulldogs are already there.”

Moffat’s top four hitters — Winder, Grinstead, Richards and Wojtkiewicz — combined to score six of the Bulldogs’ eight runs.

On the defensive side, neither team made any unsightly mistakes except for Steamboat’s botched attempt in a rundown that allowed Moffat’s Caleb Owens to score in the sixth.

The Bulldogs, 6-0 in the Western Slope League, take on 3-2 Rifle for a doubleheader Saturday in Rifle.

Steamboat, 3-4 in the league, has six games remaining in its schedule.

“I think we’ll be right there in all of those games,” Roy said. “This team has a direction now.”