While it was too early for killer bees to be in Colorado Friday, the killer Js of Moffat County in a double header attacked the Union High School Cougars.
Jared Estey hit a home run in each game and tossed a no-hitter for a 7-0 win in the first, Jon Bugay held the Cougars to three runs in the second game and Jared Lowther hit a two-run triple for the Bulldogs' 6-3 win in the second game.
"We were able to practice outside this week and it showed in the games," coach Scott Parker said. "Estey and Bugay pitched wonderfully for us and J-Lo's (Lowther) hit was huge."
Estey found the home mound to be just the way he liked it in the season opener at home.
"It's always better to pitch at home," he said. "Everything felt pretty good for me out there once things started going."
Estey allowed three runners in the game but none of them reached second as the Bulldogs rolled two double plays and the pitcher picked off the other at first.
"The double plays in the first game were key for Jared to get the no-hitter," Parker said. "We just came up with the big plays when we needed them."
The Bulldogs started out cold at the plate as they tried to time a pitcher who many commented in the dugout was too slow for their liking. The second time around in the order, the Bulldogs rallied with two outs in the third inning as Bugay hit a two-run double and Joe Padon followed with a one-run double. Padon then advanced to third on an infield hit by Danny Torgerson and Nick Goodenow scored Padon with another infield hit.
Estey added some insurance for himself in the bottom of the fourth with a two-run shot to left center.
After the homer, Estey went to the mound and struck out the side in the fifth.
The Bulldogs added runs in the fifth and sixth and sealed the no-hit shutout with a double play to end the game.
In the second game, the Bulldogs scored first with a sacrifice fly from Estey. They added a run in the third to give Bugay a 2-0 lead to work with.
In the fourth, the Cougars scored their first runs of the day with a two-out, two-run double.
The Bulldogs wouldn't let the game stay tied for long as Lowther cracked a two-run double, giving the home team the 4-2 lead.
Moffat County added runs in the fifth and sixth, including Estey's second home run of the day, and Bugay pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth to put the Bulldogs in control. Torgerson ended the game with a diving catch in left-center and the team improved to 4-2 record.
"It's a good way to end before we have a week off for spring break," Parker said. "We have five conference games the week we get back so I hope this was a confidence booster for the guys."