Glenwood Springs Big leads early led to a doubleheader sweep against Glenwood Springs, to kick off the 2008 Class 4A Western Slope League season for the Moffat County Bulldogs on Thursday.
Moffat County won Game 1, 19-6, and took Game 2, 13-8, on a cold and windy day in Glenwood Springs.
"We want to advance runners by putting the ball to the way side of the field, and we did that pretty well. We also hit long balls pretty well today," Moffat County coach Tim Hafey said. "We hit well in key situations. We were advancing runners. We had a good knowledge of the strike zone today. We didn't strike out much, which is what you look for early in the season."
Moffat jumped out to a 7-1 lead - thanks to a three-run double from Chris Winder and a two-run homer from Josh Satterwhite - in Game 2 after two innings, and despite six runs in the next three innings from the Demons, the Bulldogs managed to hang on to their 7-6 lead. Then the Bulldogs unloaded on relief pitcher Patrick Hailey and scored seven runs anchored by a Jordan Williams two-run RBI double to take a 13-6 lead going into the sixth inning.
Glenwood loaded the bases on walks and scored two runs on a double by Jason Whiting, but then the umpires called the game due to darkness just before Glenwood freshman Mario Gonzalez, who already had six RBIs on the day, was about to hit.
"I didn't really like that, but that's baseball. If there is no light, it's not the umpire's fault," said Gonzalez, who finished the day with two doubles, a single and a sacrifice bunt.
The Bulldogs raced out to a huge 10-0 lead by the top of the third in Game 1. Glenwood answered with a six-run third inning, highlighted by a three-run Gonzalez double, but the Demons were shut out every inning after.
Moffat, on the other hand, continued to put runs on the board. Seth Lanier and Winder each smashed two-run homers (the second of the day for Lanier), and Russ Waugh connected for a two-run single to close out the Bulldogs' win.
"The outcome wasn't good today, but they are a good team," said Glenwood Springs head coach Eric Nieslanik. "They have a lot of good athletes out there. Our kids are improving, though."
Lanier pitched four innings in a winning effort for Moffat in Game 1, while Eric Leonard picked up the win on the mound in Game 2. Satterwhite got the save in Game 1. Although he got a little work in on the mound in Game 2, it was Ben Williams who recorded the save.
"All of our pitchers did a super job today," Hafey said.
With the win, the Bulldogs moved to 4-1 overall and got some momentum heading into Saturday's doubleheader with Delta - the top and undefeated team in league.