Craig The Moffat County High School varsity baseball team pulled out a 9-7 extra inning victory Thursday against host Uintah High School in Utah.
Before MCHS starter Eric Leonard touched the baseball, the Bulldogs had jumped out to a 5-0 lead behind a first-pitch home run by leadoff hitter Chris Winder and a bases-clearing single by Jordan Williams.
Leonard cruised through the first-inning unscathed, before running into trouble in the second and sixth innings.
Uintah plated two runs in the second, cutting the deficit to three, before the Bulldogs answered with two runs of their own.
Trailing by four in the sixth, Uintah solved the Leonard riddle, scoring three times to pull within one.
MCHS coach Tim Hafey went to the bullpen, calling on senior Josh Satterwhite to stop the bleeding, but Uintah tied the ballgame on a single and a Bulldogs error.
Uintah "got some timely hits, and we had some timely errors," Hafey said. "But the team came through big when needed."
With two outs, Williams struck again.
This time, Williams deposited a 1-2 pitch into the outfield gap, scoring Ben Williams and Casey McClanahan for what would prove to be a game-winning double.
"Those Williams' boys (Jordan and Ben) had really big games for us," Hafey said. "Ben had a couple of hits and picked a guy off first. And, Jordan had two big, timely hits."
Satterwhite (2-0) picked up the victory for Moffat County (6-2 overall, 4-1 Western Slope League).
The Bulldogs have yet to play a home game this season due to the weather, and Utah was no relief.
"The kids played well despite how cold it was," Hafey said. "And, Leonard threw a pretty good ball considering the conditions."
MCHS faces off Saturday in a doubleheader at defending league co-champion Palisade.
Palisade and MCHS split last season's title.
Notes: 3B Russell Waugh sat out Thursday' game with a strained heal : Hafey said Waugh's timetable for a return still is up in the air : Hafey said Seth Lanier will start Game 1 on Saturday, Winder will get the nod in Game 2.
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