STEAMBOAT SPRINGS -- All Billy Ivy needed was a couple of weeks off.
The Moffat County High School sophomore-to-be returned to baseball this week after summer camp. Tuesday at Emerald Park, Ivy went 5-8 with two doubles and three singles to help the Moffat County Legion B-Team sweep Steamboat, 6-1, 14-5, in a doubleheader.
"Summer baseball is relaxing and fun," he said. "You just go out and hit the ball."
The joking among the Bulldogs throughout the day made it clear that the boys in blue were enjoying their time at the diamond.
"We have a real good team atmosphere right now," coach Scott Parker said. "When that happens, you usually play well."
Beating a rival and beating them good usually makes for fun times. It was a change from the high school season when the Bulldogs lost both games to the Sailors. After the game, Parker told his players that what had happened was the way the rivalry was supposed to go.
"We have to re-establish that we win against the teams in our league," Parker said. "Even if it's just the summer, wins build confidence."
Behind the pitching of junior-to-be Brian Wojtkiewicz and rising sophomore Bryan Richards, the Sailors' bats were mostly silent. Tyler Fosdick made most of the noise with three of the Sailors' four hits.
Ivy was the one punishing the ball for the Bulldogs. He hit back-to-back doubles in the fifth and sixth innings, and the Bulldogs scored four and two runs in those innings, respectively.
Richards struck out four of the first eight batters he faced after he came on in relief in the fourth inning. Wojtkiewicz left the game after the third with soreness in his arm but didn't allow any runs in his three innings on the mound.
In the second game, Bulldog freshman-to-be Josh Satterwhite struggled with his control from the mound early. In the second inning, he walked three consecutive batters to load the bases. The Sailors knocked in all three of those walks to take a 3-2 lead.
In the third inning, the Bulldogs tied it up when Brian Berhman scored one of his four runs in the game on a Satterwhite single.
Satterwhite walked two more batters in the bottom of the third but escaped without surrendering a run. After shutting out the Sailors in the third the Bulldogs brought out the thunder sticks.
Hits by Jared Lowther, Berhman, Richards, Ivy and Wojtkiewicz produced five runs against the Sailors' Jack Serhaut in the third.
The Sailors added one run in the bottom of the fourth to make it 8-4.
The Bulldogs weren't done at the plate.
In the top of the fifth, Lowther led off with a single, and Ivy reached on an error. Satterwhite helped his own cause with a two-run single. Wojtkiewicz hit a sacrifice fly, and Korey Kostur and Erik Griffin also added an RBI.
With 10 runs in two innings, the Bulldogs opened up a 13-4 lead.
Kyle Sorensen came on in the sixth inning to relieve Satterwhite and held the Sailors to one run.
Parker credited some of his team's ability to the game it played the night before.
"We played tough with a good Rawlins team last night," he said. "Better competition makes you better."
The Bulldogs lost to the R0awlins A-team (A-teams are 17-18 year olds, B-teams are mostly 17 and under) 15-1, but Parker said it was closer than the score.
"We hit the ball well, we just couldn't find the gaps," he said. "The good thing is that we are coming along and having fun."