His first Western Slope League meeting was a fun one for Moffat County High School baseball coach Rich Sadvar. Seven of his players were voted to either the league's first team or honorable mention.
"I had no idea what to expect, so they had to guide me through the whole process," he said. "It's a good group of guys."
Sadvar inherited a good group of guys on the field as well.
His Bulldog team went undefeated in league play and won the school's first league title in six years.
For their efforts, five players were named first-team all league.
Seniors Bryan Wojtkiewicz, Reid Hanneman and Brian Behrman, and juniors Bryan Richards and Brad Grinstead received top honors.
Sophomores Jordan Williams and Chris Winder earned honorable-mention awards.
Wojtkiewicz was voted as the top player in the league this year by the coaches.
Wojtkiewicz contributed on offense with a .480 average, 24 hits, 16 runs, 19 RBIs and two homeruns.
But, as valuable as he was at the plate, what league coaches valued most was his ability on the mound.
As a pitcher, he led Class 4A in ERA with a miniscule 0.34 in 41 innings. He also notched a 6-0 record with 68 strikeouts against just 10 walks.
"Wojo was one of the best baseball players I've ever coached," Sadvar said. "He's a tough kid who rarely let anything rattle him."
Richards was the team's leading hitter.
He tied for the lead in Class 4A with nine homeruns. He also hit .541 this year with 33 RBIs and 29 hits.
Richards was the Bulldogs' second-best pitcher with a 5-0 record, a 1.87 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 38 innings.
"Richards is one of the best all-around players in the state," Sadvar said. "Next year could be even larger for him."
Berhman was quietly consistent for MCHS.
The second baseman helped make the Bulldogs one of the best defensive teams in the league. He turned it on in the final seven games on offense, hitting .510 with seven runs and 5 RBIs.
"Brian was one of the most reliable guys we had," Sadvar said. "You could count on him day in and day out."
Hanneman, a three-year starter, earned his second all-league honors after making the change from catcher to centerfield.
Grinstead improved from honorable mention last year to take first-team honors this year. He batted .446 with 25 hits, 22 runs, 20 RBIs and four home runs.
"Brad is the hardest worker on the team," Sadvar said. "His improvement is because of the time he puts in when it's not practice time."
Williams and Winder moved into starting positions on the team after they played a lot of summer baseball.
"Those guys really improved during the summer," Sadvar said. "They will be leaders for us next year."