Second game featured strong pitching

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Junior Jerod Estey did it all in Saturday's second game against Glenwood Springs but it wasn't enough.

In front of a home crowd, the junior pitcher struck out 15 Glenwood batters, went 2-3 at the plate and scored Moffat County High School's only run in the 3-1 loss.

While Estey's impressive performance kept the Bulldogs close, the rest of the team couldn't produce with only four other hitters making contact with the ball.

"We started to hit the ball right at them," coach Kip Hafey said. "And the wind started to pick up, which caused us

trouble."

The wind converted three Moffat County (7-4) would-be homeruns into three routine flies.

Glenwood Springs' (4-5) pitcher, Tiernan Conway, also stifled the Bulldogs. In his first start of the season, Conway dished up three strikeouts but more importantly kept his fielders supplied with a game full of routine plays.

"Conway was a real switch from (Josh) Russo, who pitched the first game," Demons coach Mike Wilde said. "Russo's a real powerful pitcher, while Conway is more of a control type. A switch like that can really throw a batter's timing off."

While Conway held the Bulldogs to one earned run and six hits, his counterpart on the Moffat County team was equally impressive. Estey's loss didn't look like one on paper not only did he strike out 15 Demons, he also held them to five hits and two earned runs.

"Estey had a great game. It was his fielders who weren't there when he needed them," Hafey said.

While the Bulldogs did win one of the two games in Saturday's doubleheader, it was not enough to satisfy the team, whose members said they felt they should still be undefeated in conference.

"It should have definitely been a two-win weekend for us," junior catcher Tad Behrens said.

"They're a middle-of-the-pack team and they just got the jump on us in the second game."

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