Baseball team dominates Sailors

Center fielder Justin Hollingsworth launched two home runs and three other Bulldogs varsity baseball players added to the long-ball tally as Moffat County High School (MCHS) scored 16 unanswered runs to rout the Steamboat Springs Sailors, 25-9, Tuesday in Steamboat Springs.

Senior Grady Wilson, senior Chirs Weible and freshman Jerod Estey all hit shots over the fence.

The Bulldogs have 39 home runs on the season, five better than the old record of 34 home runs set last year.

"It feels pretty great to beat the team record in home runs and it feels pretty good to hit two home runs," said Hollingsworth, a senior.

"I was just concentrating and I was lucky to hit two out."

With the win, MCHS moved to 10-4 on the season and 3-1 in conference play.

The Sailors dropped to 2-2 in league play.

"It was just a fantastic job by everybody," said coach Kip Hafey. "The kids knew what they needed to do and they did it.

"It was just an outstanding job by everybody on the team."

In the top of the fifth inning, the Bulldogs and the Sailors were tied, 9-9, and that's when MCHS broke open the game by scoring six runs on four hits.

Getting hits for the Bulldogs in the inning were Hollingsworth, who ripped a two-run home run over the center field fence, and Estey followed with a solo shot over the right field fence.

Sophomore Chris Field added a double and senior Mike St. Martin knocked in two runs on a single to give MCHS a 15-9 lead.

"The fifth inning was a great inning," said Hollingsworth. "We just got the hits that we needed and we just got the job done."

In the top of the sixth inning, the Bulldogs scored once when Hollingsworth hit his second home run of the game to put MCHS up by seven, 16-9.

"Once Moffat County got a few hits everybody just kind of let down," said Sailors coach John Aragon. "We just had to battle it a little harder. I just think they wanted it more than we did. We just kind of folded and I am really disappointed with that performance."

In the top of the seventh inning, the Bulldogs put the game away by scoring nine times on five hits.

Wilson added a two-run home run, junior Rob Satterwhite had an RBI double, junior Mark Turner had an RBI single and Estey had an RBI single.

"Steamboat Springs is a young team," said Hollingsworth. "If they get dedicated to baseball they could be good in the future."

On the mound for the Bulldogs, Estey pitched the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to get the win. Estey is 6-0 on the season.

MCHS will return to play at 11 a.m. Saturday when they face the Aspen Skiers in a non-league game at the Craig Middle School field.

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