The Moffat County High School baseball team may have seen its season end at the hands of Thomas Jefferson High School, but they gained postseason experience and made their opponent nervous.
MCHS defeated Fort Lupton 6-2 Saturday in its first game of District 5 action before losing 13-7 to the Panthers, the No. 2 team in the state, according to the Denver Post.
The Bulldogs (13-8) used the hot bats of junior Chris Winder, freshmen Austin Sadvar and Halen Raymond against the Spartans (19-2).
Tory Humphrey, Thomas Jefferson's sixth-year, said his squad has never defeated the Bulldogs in summer league play.
"We knew when it comes to the playoffs, you can throw the rankings out the window," Humphrey said. "When we saw the matchup (against MCHS) in the bracket, we got a little nervous. We were hitting the ball well early in the game, but it was right at people."
The Spartans tallied seven runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to take a 10-7 lead, and the Bulldogs were unable
"We pretty much had full control of that game, but just had a couple of breakdowns that allowed them to score," MCHS coach Rich Sadvar said.
"We played error-free baseball, but just came up short in the end," Sadvar said.
Coach Sadvar was impressed with son Austin and Raymond.
"Austin was 3-for-6 with one walk in the two biggest games of the season," coach Sadvar said. "To have his two best games in postseason play was phenomenal. What he did was awesome."
Despite the fact that Raymond batted 0-for-3, he "put the bat on the ball every time."
MCHS pounded out 29 hits in the two contests-- 17 against Fort Lupton and 12 in the finale.
Senior Bryan Richards powered the Bulldogs against Fort Lupton (13-7) -- pitching a complete game, seven-inning performance.
"Bryan Richards played probably the best game I have ever seen him pitch," coach Sadvar said. "He stepped up and pitched a great game."
Winder hit a combined 7-for-9 in postseason play with one walk.
MCHS led 2-1 at the end of the first inning and never looked back against he Blue Devils.
One point coach Sadvar stressed afterward is the need for the team to stay together during summer league play to prep them for the 2008
"I think it is crucial we get them all on the same field," he said. "It is very big as a team concept we get all the kids back instead of having them join teams in Denver. I hope the parents realize it is important to stay together."
One post-game theme Sadvar shared with his squad was that winning is contagious, and now that the Bulldogs have experienced it, they can strive to advance to 4A state play next season.