Bulldogs bitten

Baseball team falls to 3A Roaring Fork Rams, 8-2

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Something was on the minds of the Moffat County High School baseball team other than hitting Thursday.

"We weren't very focused at all today," senior outfielder Nick Goodenow said. "Maybe it was the games against Delta tomorrow that we were thinking about." Moffat County lost to Class 3A Roaring Fork, 8-2, on Thursday in a nonleague game in Craig. Moffat County had three hits and five base runners.

"We aren't getting the spark that we need on offense," coach Scott Parker said. "I don't know what it is; maybe they're putting too much pressure on themselves or something."

The Bulldogs struck first when Jared Lowther scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the first inning. That would be the only time the Bulldogs led in the game.

In the second inning, Roaring Fork scored three runs off of Bulldog junior Erik Griffin.

"Griff has come out and done a good job in both of his outings," Parker said. "For a guy who hadn't played for a couple of years to establish himself on varsity is an accomplishment."

Griffin didn't have a lot of support from his team's bats. The Bulldogs' only other run came when Matt Guinn scored after leading off the second inning with a double.

"We struck out nine times, and that hasn't happened this season," Parker said. "Our strength is our base running, but that is insignificant if we can't get anybody on."

With two runs produced from only three hits, the base running did prove to be a positive for the Bulldogs. But apparently running wasn't an emphasis on defense.

"There were a couple of times where we just sat there and watched the ball," he said. "Today was just an off day."

Danny Makoya kept the Bulldogs' bats quiet for six innings, and Jake Bowman came in to seal things up in the seventh. The Rams added two runs in the fifth and three in the seventh for their final total.

Goodenow hopes that the benign bats won't show up today against league-leading Delta.

"I hope we got our whiffs out of the way," he said. "Tomorrow is big for us in the league standings."

Parker had similar thoughts.

"The kids know how important the rest of our league games are," he said. "They can do the math just as well as I can. We need to start winning to get into the playoffs."

The doubleheader against the Panthers begins at 4 p.m. today. It was rescheduled after last weekend's rainout.

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