Moffat County third baseman Halen Raymond digs for third base Wednesday against the visiting Titans. Raymond went 5-for-6 during the two-game home stand, with two homeruns and six RBIs.

Photo by David Pressgrove

Moffat County third baseman Halen Raymond digs for third base Wednesday against the visiting Titans. Raymond went 5-for-6 during the two-game home stand, with two homeruns and six RBIs.

Bulldogs power past Titans

Moffat County's big bats lead to doubleheader sweep

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Hayden resident Ben Williams delivers a pitch Wednesday at Craig Middle School. Williams tossed six innings of three-run ball against visiting Coal Ridge, picking up his third win of the season.

— Austin Sadvar and Halen Raymond broke out the lumber Wednesday as the Moffat County Bulldogs legion baseball team swept past Coal Ridge, 12-3 and 14-3, at Craig Middle School.

The Bulldogs (9-1 overall) jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the second inning of Game 1 of the doubleheader, behind a three-run, two-out rally.

Austin Sadvar connected with a fastball, depositing the pitch over the "Mamba" (left field fence) for a two-run homerun, and Raymond followed with an RBI double accounting for the three-run outburst.

"He threw me a fastball, and I got it," Austin Sadvar said. "I could tell (it was gone), but I was still hesitant to jog. I thought it looked like it was going to be out, and it felt like it, too."

Hayden resident Ben Williams (3-1) got the nod to tote the rubber for the Bulldogs in Game 1, breezing through the Titans' lineup unscathed through the game's first two innings.

Coal Ridge (3-11 overall) got to the sophomore in the third inning, scoring three runs on two base hits, a hit batsman and two Bulldogs throwing errors.

But, any chance of a Titan comeback was halted in the next inning.

Leading 8-3 in the bottom of the fourth, Raymond deposited a pitch over the left-centerfield fence for his fourth homerun of the season.

The pitch "was a fastball right down the pipe," Raymond said. "I think that was my most fluid swing ever. It was amazing."

The two-run blast boosted the Bulldogs lead to seven runs, and Coal Ridge couldn't answer.

Williams shut down the Titans offense the rest of the way, striking out the side in the fourth and sixth innings, picking up his third win of the season.

Sadvar connected in the fifth for a two-run single - his fourth RBI of the game - accounting for the final margin of victory.

Game 2 wasn't much different.

Williams hit a two-run double to break open a scoreless game in the top of the second inning, and Casey McClanahan followed with a two-run triple, guiding the Bulldogs to a 4-0 lead.

Nathan Hill started Game 2 for Moffat County, and after a bases loaded single by Austin Sadvar, placed the Bulldogs lead at seven runs in the third, Hill ran into trouble.

A wild throw to third base allowed two Titans runners to score, and Coal Ridge pulled within four after back-to-back walks and a fielding error.

With the bases loaded, Bulldogs coach Rich Sadvar called on McClanahan.

McClanahan promptly induced an inning-ending fly ball, keeping the lead intact.

In the top of the fourth inning, the lights at CMS came on, and so did the Moffat County offense.

Bubba Ivers hit a ground rule double, Hill hit a two-run double, Kulen Turner hit an RBI single, and Raymond connected on his sixth homerun of the season - his second two-run shot of the day - propelling Moffat County to a 14-3 lead it wouldn't relinquish.

McClanahan (2-0) worked a scoreless fifth, picking up the victory.

"Our kids are more educated and play at a higher level," Rich Sadvar said. "We've been drilling and drilling, and they are getting better. The only time we wondered if we could win or not was before the first pitch. After that, you always think you are going to win.

"And, we did."

The Bulldogs visit Summit County on Monday.

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