Moffat County High School splits doubleheader

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Nick Goodenow stepped it up in the bottom of the third to wake up the Bulldogs' bats and lead them to an 11-6 win over Delta in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader.

The Moffat County High School sophomore, who struck out his first time at bat, popped a line drive single up the second-base gap to score two runners and give the Bulldogs a 5-3 lead in the game.

The Bulldogs added six runs in the fourth and fifth innings to close out the game and give them their fifth win in conference this season.

"The kids went out to have fun and it loosened them up," coach Kip Hafey said. "When they go out to have fun good things happen."

The first game of the doubleheader was anything but fun for the Bulldogs (8-6) who lost to the Delta Panthers (10-4) in a 9-1 loss.

The Bulldogs trailed the Panthers 3-1 going into the top of the seventh inning when the Delta bats lit it up. The Panthers scored six runs off of senior pitcher Chris Field, who before the seventh had the Delta squad stifled from the mound.

The season-long problem of sleeping bats kept the Bulldogs down with the team earning only one hit in the first game.

Hits were not a problem when Moffat County took the field for the second game. With 12 hits the Bulldogs showed they could be an offensive threat.

"The guys reloaded after a tough first game," Hafey said. "It shows how much composure we have as a team."

Much of the Bulldogs' success at the plate came off of the Panthers failure in the field, Delta coach Steve Reiher said. With the Bulldogs making contact with the ball, the Delta squad missed a number of routine plays that added up in the end.

"Moffat came out to play in the second game," Reiher said. "We just ended up booting some plays and it cost us the game."

This is the second split doubleheader the Bulldogs have played in the past week and is all the more proof the Western Slope Conference is here to play.

None of the WSC teams have been immune to the league-loss bug, with every team having at least lost once.

"It's a year where anybody can beat anybody," Hafey said. "There's a lot of tough competition in the WSC and it's showing in everyone's record."

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