High school baseball team splits Saturday doubleheader

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One run put the Bulldogs a seed lower in the district tournament when the team split the final doubleheader of the season Saturday in Palisade.

Moffat County High School's baseball team split Saturday's doubleheader in Palisade, winning the first game 7-4 and dropping the second 8-7. The split decision places the Bulldogs in a two-way tie for third in the final Western Slope Conference standings.

The Bulldogs tied with the Palisade Bulldogs for third.

Palisade won out on the higher seed for the district tournament by splitting its two games with the WSC's top team, Rifle (15-3), who beat the Bulldogs in both meetings this season.

MCHS (11-8) will enter the post season seeded No. 4 and will have to hit the road to Delta (14-4) for its first game.

"Delta's a good team," coach Kip Hafey said. "But we split with them earlier this season so they're defiantly beatable."

The Palisade doubleheader was a back-and-forth affair in both games with the teams breaking ties late in the games.

In the first game the Bulldogs were tied with Palisade heading into the fourth inning when senior Chris Field hit a two-run homer that went more than 340 feet.

Junior Jerod Estey controlled Palisade for the rest of the game from the mound by not allowing any more runs in the final three innings.

"Chris' home run was a shot," Hafey said. "The center field fence at Palisade is 340 feet and he was at least 15 feet past that."

The second game went into the fifth inning with the teams tied a five all when Palisade was able to score a run off of junior pitcher Jon Bugay.

With the roles reversed in the second game, the Bulldogs couldn't score in the final two innings and fell by one run to Palisade.

"Palisade just hit well and edged us out," Hafey said. "We played well. We just didn't get the hits when we needed them."

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