MCHS alumni take on summer team

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Moffat County High School baseball coach Scott Parker remembers '01 MCHS graduate Kevin Vorhees when he was playing little league baseball.

"He was a scrawny little kid," Parker said. "Almost all those guys were and now they've grown into men."
Parker coached little league baseball in Craig when he was in high school and college. Now the first-year coach is getting reacquainted with some of his players on Monday nights at the Craig Middle School baseball fields. Parker has brought back summer baseball for high school students and with it MCHS alumni are dusting off the gloves to scrimmage the players from their alma mater.

"We've got about 12 guys playing for the alumni team," Parker said. "It's neat to see them come out and play as well as teach the younger guys while the game goes on."

The alumni will scrimmage the Bulldogs for the second time at 7 p.m. tonight, which will be the eighth game for the summer team in eight days.

"We've been getting a lot of baseball in," Parker said. "We've been taking our lumps, but it's good to do that now than in the regular season."

The summer club has played Rifle, Vernal, Utah, and Rock Springs, Wyo. Parker said the three teams they've played all had graduated seniors on the squad, something that MCHS will not have.

"We're sticking with the young guys," he said. "They're the ones who need the practice."

Parker said he has been pleased with the turnout for his high school team. He handed out all 18 jerseys he had for the team and, with only two of the players having significant varsity experience this past season, the more reps the better.

"We have to learn to hit varsity pitching," he said. "That's what the summer is about."

The inability to hit varsity pitching was evident Sunday as Rock Springs swept a double header, 10-3 and 11-0, against the Bulldogs.

Win or lose, it all goes back to getting in games during the summer for Parker's team.

"This is an opportunity they haven't been able to have the past couple of years at the high school level," Parker said. "This is the year we need that experience the most."

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