Local baseball players receive All-state honors

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After a successful baseball season, the Moffat County High School Bulldogs have two more reasons to celebrate.

Junior outfielder/pitcher Jerod Estey and senior utility player/pitcher Chris Field have been named to the 4A Colorado All-State Baseball Team.

"That's good, it's great," said Estey, who was named 4A first team All-State as an outfielder. "It was one of my goals at the beginning of the season."

Estey finished the season batting .522 (35 for 67), with eight home runs, 25 RBIs and 10 stolen bases. Equally impressive were Estey's 1.015 slugging percentage and .628 on-base percentage.

On the mound, Estey finished 4-3-1 with a 2.41 ERA.

Bulldogs head baseball coach Kip Hafey said Estey has a busy year ahead of him.

"Estey is only a junior, so he'll be back again next year," Hafey said. "Jerod is considered one of the top juniors in the state of Colorado. This year, he's going to be going to the National Baseball Showcase in Tampa, Fla. He'll also be joining the Team One Showcase in Phoenix, Ariz., and he'll be in Florida to play with Team Florida, which is a combination of the best baseball players from all around the nation.

If he has a good year, hopefully we'll see him in the draft."

Estey will also attend professional tryouts and play with the Colorado Rockies' scout team.

Estey was named most valuable player for the Bulldogs.

Field, who was named 4A honorable mention All-State as a utility player, finished the season batting .355 (22-for-62), with two home runs, 12 RBIs and six stolen bases. Field finished with an admirable .516 slugging percentage and a .524 on-base percentage.

As a pitcher, Field finished the season 5-4 with a 3.34 ERA.

"I'm pretty happy," Field said. "Last year I was All-State, so it's disappointing in a way. I played this year without an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament), basically with no knee. The only thing that held it all together was the knee brace."

Hafey said that Field performed well under a great deal of adversity.

"Chris was All-State last year as a utility player," Hafey said. "This year, he was All-State honorable mention, which is great. It looks like he dropped down from his junior year to his senior year, but really he didn't when you see all the adversity that kid had. He blew out his knee in football. He came back and rehabilitated it all year and missed the basketball season, and worked really hard at getting his leg back in shape."

Hafey said Field tore additional ligaments during the baseball season, but Field persevered.

"The doctor said it couldn't get worse, so the kid stuck with it and played three or four different positions for us," Hafey said. "We tried to work with him. You could tell he was really hurting. And he just did a great job for us. He's a kid that overcame a lot of adversity and had a stellar year and ends up honorable mention all-state."

Field was named Most Valuable Pitcher for the Bulldogs.

As for the future, Field plans to attend the University of Northern Colorado, continue to rehabilitate his knee and resume his playing career within two years.

Estey said he is considering attending the University of Arizona, the University of Nevada at Las Vegas and some junior colleges.

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