An offensive explosion between the Bulldogs varsity baseball team and the Grand Junction High School Tigers produced a combined 33 runs Saturday at Craig Middle School field.
Moffat County High School (MCHS) and the Tigers together blasted seven home runs, and Grand Junction was able to hold on for a 17-16 win over the Bulldogs.
The Class 4A Bulldogs fell to 7-3 on the season while the Class 5A Tigers improved to 10-3.
"We showed a lot of heart coming back against a big school," said coach Kip Hafey. "We gave them a run for their money. The kids worked really hard. When you produce 16 runs something right is happening.
"We had a couple of base running errors and fielding errors and that is what hurt us."
In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Bulldogs found themselves down to Grand Junction, 12-6, before scoring five runs on five hits to cut the lead to 12-11.
Senior Josh Bower had a home run, while senior Brandon Carrera, junior Rob Satterwhite, sophomore Chris Field and senior Chris Weible all had RBI doubles.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, MCHS tied things up when Bower hit his second home run of the game.
The teams were deadlocked, 12-12, heading into the final two innings of play.
In the top of the sixth inning, Grand Junction scored five runs on a home run and four singles to regain the lead, 17-12.
Neither team was able to score any runs at their next at bats, and then MCHS made things close at the end in the bottom of the seventh inning.
With one out, Carrera singled to left. Senior Justin Magnuson then knocked Carrera home on a Tigers error. Satterwhite doubled and senior Grady Wilson hit a three-run home run to right field, cutting the Tigers cushion to one, 17-16.
The Tigers pitcher then settled down, getting a ground out and a strike out to close the game for the visiting team.
"We had a lot of defensive mistakes," said Bower. "We have some improvement that we need to do on defense. Our offense is doing great and I think that our offense is almost unstoppable. Our defense needs some work, but that will come. It just takes time."
At 4 p.m. Tuesday, the Bulldogs will look to set the attendance record when rival Steamboat Springs visits.
MCHS will give out free hot dogs and soda to the first 200 people who show up and will give out Bulldogs shirts and hats at random during the game.
There will also be an autograph session by the players before and after the game.
"Steamboat Springs is going to be a big game for us," said Bower. "Everybody come watch the game. It will be great and it will be a good game."
The Sailors come into the game with a 1-3 league mark.
"Steamboat Springs beat Glenwood Springs the other day which was an upset because Glenwood Springs beat Rifle," said Hafey. "Steamboat Springs will be ready to go and they will be a tough team.
"They are a team that can beat anybody. We will have to be ready to go on Tuesday."