The Moffat County High School baseball team didn't lose three games as much as it gained non-league experience.
The Bulldogs lost to Emery, 19-15, and Carbon, 11-9 -- both of Utah -- and host Montrose, 13-3, as part of the Montrose tournament Friday and Saturday.
Coach Rich Sadvar said the story of the weekend was "little errors."
"We are doing what we need to do, but defensively we are not there yet," he said. "In my world, these four or five non-league games are preseason and don't matter very much. We are in good shape. All three teams were good teams."
Junior Josh Satterwhite threw a complete game against Carbon, and senior Billy Ivy pitched five innings against Montrose.
"(Ivy) broke some new barriers with his velocity," Sadvar said. "He hit 90 miles per hour and he has more. He is only half as good as he ultimately can be."
Several Bulldogs did well swinging the bat, with junior Jordan Williams leading the charge. As a team, the Bulldogs hit close to .400 on the weekend.
"Last year's team really hit the ground running," he said. "I think this year's team will be running when they need to. We will start a little slower, but as long as the kids put in the time necessary to succeed I am not worried. It is crucial for those people who are going to play baseball to have the proper dedication."
MCHS returns to Montrose at 5 p.m. Friday, and begins Western Slope play at 11 a.m. Saturday at Delta.
"Delta is probably the toughest team we will face this year," Sadvar said. "They have been solid since I have been coaching. They get coached well at the high school level."
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