Baseball team routs Union, Utah

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Bulldogs varsity baseball player Chris Field, a sophomore, carried the team to a win Friday against the Union Cougars in Roosevelt, Utah.

On the mound, Field pitched a complete game, only giving up four hits in five innings, and at the plate he smacked a home run to lead Moffat County High School (MCHS) past the Cougars, 14-4. The game was stopped in the fifth-inning due to the 10-run rule.

The Bulldogs are 3-2 on the season.

"Chris (Field) did a fantastic job for us," said coach Kip Hafey. "He had a no-hitter for us going into the fourth inning. He gave up one hit in the fourth and then three hits in the fifth. He just pitched outstanding. Chris has now had home runs in consecutive games."

MCHS scored three runs in each of the first three innings to lead 9-0. In the fourth inning the Bulldogs put the game out of reach by crossing the plate four times and then in the fifth inning MCHS scored one run to make it a 14-0 game.

In their top half of the fifth inning, the Cougars scored four times to cut it to 14-4, but it was too late as the game was called.

"We played a tough game and we did what we needed to do to win," said Hafey. "We hit the ball really well and we got guys on base. When we had guys in scoring position we got hits when we needed them. That got us runs. Our fielding is starting to come along more, but we still have room for improvement."

At the plate, senior Grady Wilson was 3-for-4 with a home run. Senior Mike St. Martin was 2-for-3 and also hit one over the fence for the Bulldogs.

"That was the best game that we played all year," said Hafey. "People showed up and the kids had a lot fun. We went in there real relaxed and we got the job done. We just need to continue to get some more wins."

Two years ago, the Cougars won the state title in Utah.

"Union is just a tough team," said Hafey. "Two weeks ago we lost to Paonia while Union goes and beats Paonia. Right now everybody is beating everybody."

In the junior varsity game, the Bulldogs ran past the Cougars, 12-1. Freshman Jerod Estey pitched a complete game and freshman Jon Bugay hit a home run.

The Bulldogs' first home game of the season will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Craig Middle School field in a rematch with the Cougars.

"We will take three days off for spring break," said Hafey. "We will then start to practice again on Thursday to get ready for our first home game on Friday. Hopefully, we will have good weather for it."

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