Alumni, MCHS teams complete fourth game

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In the first game pitting the Moffat County High School summer baseball team and the MCHS alumni, 1994 graduate Russ Hill hit a line drive right back at the pitcher, hitting him in the leg.

"I felt really bad after I drilled him," he said. "We're here to help those guys, not hurt them."

Four games later and Hill hasn't caused any more damage to the MCHS team, but he said he hopes he has helped.

"We come out here to have fun but to also be competitive and teach those guys some things about baseball," said the former MCHS assistant coach. "I'll talk to them out in the field every once in a while and give them some tips."

The alumni Monday night defeated the high school team, 8-5, and a glimpse of next year's MCHS team was revealed in the bottom of the sixth.

The Bulldogs scored four runs on four walks and six stolen bases, which is something the team will depend on next year.

"We are going to be a short-game team," assistant coach Jake Martinez said. "A walk here, a stolen base there is going to be how we get our runs next year."

The team also plays against other summer league high school teams, which Martinez said probably might be a little stiffer competition than the alumni team.

"Those are the guys who they will see next year so from that aspect those games are better," he said. "But these games are more relaxed and a lot more focused on having fun."

Also relaxed are the age groups for each team. In the MCHS dugout Monday there were several Craig Viper hats, identifying players on a 12& U summer team.

"We've got a lot of kids who are going to be freshmen," Martinez said. "The more of a chance they get to see high school pitching the less of a shock it will be for them when they suit up at that level."

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