Moffat baseball prevails again with defense

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Bryan Wojtkiewicz isn't an aspiring meteorologist, but on days that he pitches for the Moffat County Bulldogs, he always knows what's in the sky.

"If I have a bad at-bat, I stare at the sky to clear my head," the junior said. "By the time the first batter is up I've lost my frustration."

There were a lot of batters frustrated on both sides in the Steam-boat Springs-Moffat Coun-ty game Tuesday. Both Woj--t-kiewicz and Steamboat's Nick Leader kept batters off balance with their left-handed release. In the end, the Bulldogs found the key hits that Steamboat couldn't in a 3-1 win.

"It was frustrating, because he was the same guy we couldn't hit last time," said Moffat junior Reid Hanneman, who went hitless in four tries.

"We should have stomped on them and we didn't. At least we had good defense."

The Sailors' four hits -- three from Zach Savage -- all came in different innings. The Sailors' lone run came when Moffat County first baseman Kyle Sorensen juggled a throw on Tyler Fosdick's grounder, allowing Brian Aragon to score from third.

"Zach's been the only one to hit the ball well for us lately," Fosdick said.

"We've scored one run in four consecutive games now. We just can't string any hits together."

Wojtkiewicz's performance had something to do with Steamboat's difficulties.

He struck out 11 batters in six innings. Savage was the only batter he didn't fan.

"(Wojtkiewicz) is a pitcher," Moffat County coach Scott Parker said.

"He's just doing phenomenal now."

Wojo only lasted one inning against Palisade on Saturday because of arm soreness.

On Sunday, he made sure he treated his arm to a day of pampering.

"I gave it the royal treatment," he said.

"I iced it and went into the hot tub with it. I felt great today, and I only missed my spot three or four times."

The junior's left arm has now earned him four wins. That ranks among the top 10 in the state.

Senior Jared Lowther came on in the seventh inning for the third-consecutive game to hold a lead for the 'Dogs.

Lowther's two-run double in the second with the bases loaded was the Bulldogs' big offensive highlight of the day. Sophomore Bryan Richards hit a sacrifice fly in the third inning to score junior Brian Berhman.

"We'll see right-handers ag---ainst Rifle Saturday," Parker said. "It's all right for our bats not to work today, but we'll need them this weekend."

Moffat hosts Rifle for a doubleheader in four days.

"Delta and Rifle are definitely the best teams in the league," Fosdick said. "Most of the league's pretty even after that."

Moffat is now 4-2 in Western Slope League play and 7-3 overall. Steamboat dropped to 2-6 in the WSL and 2-11 overall. Delta leads the league with a 10-1 record and the Bears are second at 4-1.

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