Baseball game called; darkness stops rally

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Things can be sketchy in the beginning of the year in baseball when it's played in Northwest Colorado.

Curve balls don't spin. Fastballs have a high arch to them. The bat stings a little every time the ball hits the bat, and there is a chance any game might be called because of darkness.

Class 4A Moffat County High School (MCHS) was down 12-9 in the seventh-inning Tuesday on the road against the Class 3A, and No. 5 ranked, Eagle Valley Devils before scoring two runs to cut the lead to 12-11 with just one out.

The stage was set for the Bulldogs No. 4 hitter freshman Jerod Estey to knock in the winning runs, but as Estey approached the plate the umpires thought differently and called the game due to darkness.

MCHS now stands at 2-2 on the season.

"Everybody on the team was excited in the seventh inning because we had a rally going," said coach Kip Hafey. "We wished that the umpires would have waited and let the game be finished. It was a frustrating trip. It was a long game. We started it at 3:30 p.m. and it was called around 6:45 p.m."

Hafey tried tried to put the game in perspective.

"We know that the games right now are just preseason games for us and we are just using them to get ready for the conference season," said Hafey. "At this point of the season we have had one more game time on the field than practice time. The guys know what things they need to work on and we will be ready for conference season."

At the plate, the Bulldogs were led by sophomore Chris Field and junior Rob Satterwhite who both smacked home runs. Satterwhite also finished the game with three walks.

MCHS will return to action on the road at 3:30 p.m. Friday against the Cougars in Roosevelt, Utah.

"On Friday we play another tough team in Union," said Hafey. "Last year they won the state championship in their division in Utah."

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