Bulldogs pound the Sailors, 6-2

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Jerod Estey showed what coach Kip Hafey was talking about when he said his Moffat County High School Bulldogs are aggressive.

Estey was the Bulldogs' top batter of the day going 2 for 3 at the plate and scoring runs every time he hit the ball.

The junior's second time at bat knocked a one-run, warning-track double giving the Bulldogs a 3-2 lead over Steamboat Springs in the fourth inning. Estey followed it up with a sixth inning first-pitch home run to put a cap on the 6-2 win over the Sailors.

Even though Estey was proficient at the plate he said he still feels the team's hitting is the area where the Bulldogs need the most work.

"Right now were not playing to our highest potential," he said. "We're progressing with each game but still we need to get more hits and score more runs."

The Bulldogs (9-6) faced a much-improved Sailors team from the first time they met, which went down as a 10-0 win for Moffat County.

Steamboat (0-10) were the ones to show aggression early in the game when in the second inning they scored two runs one unearned off of a pitch by Estey, who started the game on the mound.

Senior Chris Field, who allowed four hits but no runs, relieved Estey in the third.

The pitching duo has split nearly every game and every doubleheader of the year, which Estey admitted has taken its toll as they enter the home stretch of the season.

"I pitched around 130 balls this last weekend and it has my arm a little tired," he said. "Our pitchers need a few days rest and we'll get it this week."

The Sailors' pitching was right there in the game as well. The Bulldogs hit .266 as a team against Steamboat's pitchers and struck out nine times.

But when the Bulldogs did make it on base, they were aggressive, stealing a number of bases and only getting caught once. They were even able to scramble one run home off of a steal when Hafey sent junior Eric Bastow home from third in the third inning to tie the game at two all. The Bulldogs have been deadly in their late-season base running, which Hafey said has been a mark of the team's viciousness.

"We talked about being an aggressive team," Hafey said. "And being aggressive when we're on base is all part of it. We're going to live and die being aggressive."

The Bulldogs haven't looked back when on base and the forward nature of the team has led them to a state-high 50 stolen bases on the year.

The Bulldogs have three games left in the season with the next two games to be played at home and the season closer being a doubleheader at Palisade.

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