For each home run and a win on the mound, Moffat County High School baseball coach Scott Parker hands out a freshly wrapped, white as snow baseball.
After the Bulldogs swept a double header against Battle Mountain, the teams' eighth-straight win, Parker's supply is dwindling.
"I'm going to have to order more balls pretty soon," he said, "but that's not a bad thing."
The sweep of the twin matinee improved the Bulldogs to 9-2 and 5-0 in the Western Slope Conference.
In the last four games, MCHS has experienced an offensive explosion, outscoring its opponents 50-13. Jon Bugay hit three home runs in four at bats in the 13-3 win Monday against the Huskies.
In the second game, Nick Goodenow was the home-run hero as he sent everybody home early with a grand slam in the bottom of the fifth to make the deficit 11-1, putting the 10-run rule in effect to end the game.
The Bulldogs combined for 20 hits in the two games. Seven were of the extra-base persuasion.
"The offense is starting to click," said Goodenow after his first home run of the season. "We've been scoring a lot of runs."
Bugay's three home run showing improved his out-of-the-yard count to six on the season. Jerod Estey also connected for a four-bagger in the first game and is now tied with Bugay for the team lead.
On the defensive side of things, Joe Padon and Jason Mosher pitched back-to-back complete games for Moffat County.
"It was the first time on the mound for me since my freshman year," Mosher, a junior, said. "It took me a couple of innings to find my control but I settled down at the end."
With Padon and Mosher on the hill, the Bulldogs were able to rest Bugay, Estey and Eric Bastow, the three go-to guys from the mound thus far for MCHS.
"Jared, Jon and Eric needed a rest and Joe and Jason provided that for them today," Parker said. "It should help us down the road this week."
"Down the road" starts today for the Bulldogs as they play Rifle at Craig Middle School at 3 p.m. Rifle comes in with six wins, which is one more win than the last six teams the Bulldogs have played combined. Following Rifle is a double header against Delta on Saturday. The Panthers currently stand at 7-3.
"We're ready to face the upper teams in the conference," Parker said. "We've got the momentum with pitching and hitting."
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