Baseball players show versatility

Limited numbers allow team members to branch out

Sophomore Robert Daniels had never played shortstop, and sophomore Anthony Flores had never played catcher.

The Moffat County sophomores took one for the team, as did most of the JV players this year, and they jumped in new positions because of a lack of depth.

"We only had nine or 10 guys most of the time," JV coach Kip Hafey said. "We had a lot of guys play at positions they weren't used to."

Guys pitched who hadn't done so since little league, and other guys filled in wherever they were needed.

"We did whatever," Daniels said. "It was fun, at times."

The Bulldogs also struggled to find games. Weather and sparsely manned teams from across the region kept the underclassmen to five games.

"We mostly had to play teams in the area," Hafey said. "It limited us in at bats."

The team finished the season with a 3-2 record, with wins against Delta, Steamboat Springs and Meeker. The two losses came to Steamboat Springs and Meeker.

"Our best game of the season was the second game against Meeker," Hafey said.

In that game, going into the bottom of the seventh inning, Moffat trailed by two runs. Sophomore Dillon Guinn capped the comeback with a game-winning double.

Because the JV team was limited to five games, Hafey said it was important that the underclassmen play baseball this summer.

"They need to get as many (at bats) as they can this summer," he said. "That's the most important thing from now until next season."

The message was clear to Daniels.

"I'm only going to get better with summer experience," he said.

The Bulldog varsity team graduates five seniors this year, which will leave room for some of the underclassmen to move up.

"We have guys who will have a shot to be on varsity next year," Hafey said. "They have to keep progressing for that to happen."

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