Moffat County High School's Russell Waugh takes a cut at a pitch last Saturday in Delta. The Bulldogs swept host Rifle on Tuesday, 5-4 and 11-1.

Photo by John Vandelinder

Moffat County High School's Russell Waugh takes a cut at a pitch last Saturday in Delta. The Bulldogs swept host Rifle on Tuesday, 5-4 and 11-1.

Bulldogs sweep Bears

Moffat County baseball team plays small ball against Rifle

— Escaping Craig's winter weather, the Moffat County High School baseball team competed Tuesday in Rifle.

The team escaped the snow, but gusty winds played a factor in the outcome.

MCHS coach Tim Hafey went to the small-ball technique, and the move paid off.

The Bulldogs won both games, 7-5 and 11-1.

The Bulldogs used two suicide squeeze bunts to jump out to a 5-2 lead in Game 1 and held on for a 7-5 victory.

Eric Leonard threw six innings, picking up his second victory of the season.

Seth Lanier picked up his second save of the season.

"We made a lot of stupid mistakes," said Rifle head coach Troy Phillips. "We had the bases loaded, but had guys picked off and made a lot of base-running mistakes."

Game 2 saw the Bulldogs bunt eight more times for hits, frustrating the Bears' defense.

Before Rifle stepped to the plate in the first inning, MCHS was ahead, 4-0.

Anthony Flores started for the Bulldogs, pitching a complete-game two-hitter, missing the shutout when the Bears drew two walks and earned a base hit in the last inning.

Both teams had to battle the wind, which changed the game considerably.

"It must have gusted to at least 40 mph," Hafey said. "Flores' curve ball was really biting because of it. He was really hard to hit."

Bears' coach Phillips agreed.

"There were fly balls that should have gone to the outfield that were caught by infielders," Phillips said of the windy conditions.

Moffat County moved to 7-2 in the Class 4A Western Slope League and 9-3 overall with the doubleheader sweep.

The Bulldogs will travel to Eagle Valley for a Saturday doubleheader with the Devils. First pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m.

John Vandelinder can be reached at 875-1793, or jvandelinder@craigdailypress.com

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