Baseball team has showdown with Rifle

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Last year, the Bulldogs varsity baseball team lost all three of its games against the Rifle Bears including the district championship game now they will face the Bears again in an effort to come out on top once and for all.

Moffat County High School who has a 6-2 record this season will open league play against the Bears who are 5-1 and ranked No. 8 in the state.

The game begins at 4 p.m Thursday in Rifle.

"Rifle is a tough team and they only have one loss," said coach Kip Hafey. "We are going to have to go out and play a good game to beat them."

Hafey said the Bulldogs will be prepared for this key league game.

"I think that we are ready to go," said Hafey. "We need to go out and score some runs. We need to have a good pitching effort and a good defensive effort. We need to steal some bases to make some things happen for us."

The teams are pretty evenly matched, Hafey said, but each has different skills.

"Rifle has pretty good pitchers and we have good hitters," he said. "The team that shows up and does everything right will be the team that comes up on top. We definitely would like to come out with a win in our first league game."

Hafey predicts the Bulldogs will battle it out against Delta, Rifle and Glenwood Springs for the championships.

"Everybody is capable of beating everybody it's just a case who shows up," he said.

Moffat County is looking to play the odds and will start on of the team's best pitchers against the Bears, hoping he will give them an edge.

"Josh (Bower) will start for us," said Hafey. "He threw a no-hitter for us on Friday and hopefully we will get a complete game out of him and we will score some runs and win."

Hafey expects his players to do well and suspects they have pretty good motivation to win.

Revenge.

"This is a big game for us," said senior shortstop Brandon Carrera. "We lost to Rifle three times last year. We are out for revenge. This is the start of conference and the games before this really didn't mean anything conference games are where it really counts."

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