The bats of the Moffat County High School baseball team aren't experiencing any spring sluggishness.
The Bulldogs scored 16 runs in their first home game of the year to defeat Summit County, 16-13.
"I really was unsure how good our offense was going to be after graduating six seniors," coach Scott Parker said. "But so far this year we've really had some pop."
Senior Jason Mosher has taken a liking to hitting baseballs over the fence when the bases are full. He hit his second grand slam of the year in the second inning. The Bulldogs broke the game open in the second with eight runs and led 11-2 after the second.
Summit wasn't out of the game.
The Tigers scored eight combined runs in the third and fourth innings. Five runs in the fourth were helped by several errors from the Bulldogs.
Fielding will be a focus at practice this week according to Parker.
"We have the fundamentals down," he said. "I just don't think we're concentrating in between pitches. We will work on focusing before every inning in the field."
Mosher came on to relieve Jared Lowther in the fourth and held on to get the save. Lowther picked up the win.
Other prime performers for the Bulldogs at plate were senior Barrett Durham, who went 4-for-4 with three doubles, and sophomore Reid Hanneman, who hit a two-run homer in the first inning.
Hanneman, Mosher and Durham are all batting over .500 for the Bulldogs this year and Parker said he hopes to see the high scoring continue until the pitching catches up.
"Usually the pitching is ahead of the hitting to start," he said. "But with the work these guys put in during the winter we're starting out hot. Now our defense needs to come through as the league season starts."
The junior varsity team also made the "ping" sound of aluminum on leather often in its game. The Bulldogs won 24-4.
The JV plays two games this week in Craig, Tuesday against Meeker and Thursday against Middle Park. Both games start at 5 p.m.
The varsity team starts Western Slope League play with a double header at Battle Mountain Saturday.
David Pressgrove can be reached at 970-824-7031 ext 211 or firstname.lastname@example.org.