It was in the third inning of the final game of the Thomas Jefferson Tournament, against the tournament's namesake, when the call came for the sophomore Eric Bastow. With senior Rob Satterwhite up to bat and Bastow on third, the signal to steal home was made. Satterwhite swung high and Bastow, with a good inside slide, touched home plate for the run.
Though Bastow's home-base steal didn't win the game for Moffat County, or even draw the score close in the 17-8 loss, it did depict, in a single play, the 'Dogs' early season attitude tenacity.
The team played a three game searies Friday and Saturdy in Denver and came away with one win and two losses in their first regular-season games.
"Even though we came out lethargic against Thomas Jefferson, the guys never stopped fighting," Coach Kip Hafey said.
The lethargy of Saturday's game was because the Bulldogs played their first two-game series the night before, taking a 10-7 win against Rawlston Valley at Jefferson's field and a 7-6 loss to the Class 5A Denver South team at All City Stadium.
Two of the MCHS pitchers went the distance Friday night, junior Chris Field against Rawlston, and sophomore Jerod Estey verses South. Both pitchers had a strong showing in the regular season openers. Most of the opposing teams' runs were scored off fielding errors. Estey had two earned runs scored on him. Field had none.
The pair racked up seven K's in the games, and were consistent in the strike zone in both games.
They "really kept the bats off the balls, and the batters off balance," Hafey said.
When the Bulldogs were up to bat, they didn't do badly. Against Rawlston Valley seniors, C.J. Rugh and Mark Turner went 1.000, with a walk each. Senior Kevin Voorhees, junior Shane Burum, and sophomore Jerod Estey all hit for .667, with Burum hitting a double and the other two each racking up a walk. The pitcher, Field, was able to bat .600 and drive in a homer.
When they faced South, a game won when South bunted in the winning run at the bottom of the seventh, Voorhees and Turner both hit 1.000 with a walk each and a sacrifice for Voorhees. Bastow hit .667 with two stolen bases.
In the match up against Jefferson Saturday, Satterwhite and Field hit .500, with Satterwhite driving in two home runs, his first of the season.
"We did a lot of good things out there this weekend in all the games we played, but we did make mistakes as well." Hafey said. "If we hadn't made so many errors, we may have walked away with two more wins."
The coach felt that much of what went wrong on the three-game road trip was based on a number of factors errors, lethargy, and fatigue, all revolving around lack of field time. All the same, he felt that despite the lack of field time the team preformed well.
"We had a total of six stolen bases and three home runs in three games, so I'm far from disappointed in how we played," Hafey said. "Actually I'm pleased to see that we played a well as we did being inside this late in the season."
The Bulldogs will get a break from practice until Thursday, when they hit the field to prepare for a game on Saturday against Olathe, the first home game of the year unless the Yampa Valley weather decides otherwise.