Phillip Chadwick tosses a third strike Monday at Woodbury Sports Complex against visiting Steamboat Springs. Chadwick, a starting pitcher for the Craig Mad Dogs all-star baseball team, struck out five Sailors in two innings of work.

Photo by John Vandelinder

Phillip Chadwick tosses a third strike Monday at Woodbury Sports Complex against visiting Steamboat Springs. Chadwick, a starting pitcher for the Craig Mad Dogs all-star baseball team, struck out five Sailors in two innings of work.

Mad Dogs fall in season opener

Walks, errors, lead to 10-run defeat against Sailors

Bulldog legion baseball team splits with Summit County

The Moffat County Bulldog legion baseball team split a road double-header Monday with host Summit County.

The Bulldogs (12-2 overall, 10-2 league) won Game 1, 13-3, behind two home runs by third baseman Halen Raymond. Hayden resident Ben Williams (4-1) pitched five innings, earning his fourth victory of the season.

Game 2 saw the Bulldogs tie the game at nine in the bottom of the seventh inning, behind Raymond's third home run of the day - his ninth of the season.

But, Summit County answered in the first frame of extra innings, scoring a run to win, 10-9.

Nathan Hill (1-1) was charged with the loss.

The Bulldogs host Steamboat Springs on Thursday at Craig Middle School.

photo

Craig Mad Dog catcher Jake Bingham connects with a pitch Monday against visiting Steamboat Springs. The Mad Dogs lost their season opener, 13-3, to the Sailors, but rebounded to win a shortened Game 2, 2-1.

— The Craig Mad Dogs 11- and 12-year-old all-star baseball team opened its season Monday against the visiting Steamboat Sailors.

Craig entered the contest having just five days of practice and no games played, while the Sailors had two Triple Crown tournaments and several scrimmages already under their belt.

On the field Monday at Woodbury Sports Complex, the difference in experience was obvious.

The Mad Dogs fell, 13-3, behind 10 errors and nine walks, which lead to nine unearned Sailors runs.

"The kids were just nervous," Craig coach Billy Davis said. "It's just a matter of getting some playing time together and getting the jitters out of the way."

Leading 3-2 entering the top of the fifth inning, the Sailors put together what would prove to essentially be a game-winning rally.

Steamboat batted through their lineup in the fifth, and when the dust had settled, Craig found themselves trailing 11-2.

"We just put the ball in play and we figured if we could do that, the rest would take care of itself," Sailors coach Tim Bishop said. "Our base running really disrupted the rhythm between their pitcher and catcher. Once we started to do that, we kind of broke it open."

Mad Dog pitcher Derek Maiolo held the Sailors scoreless in the sixth, giving his team optimism heading into their final at-bat.

Maiolo led off the bottom half of the inning with a single, advancing to second on the Sailors lone error of the ballgame and scored on an RBI single by Tyler Jenkins.

But, any chance of a comeback ended there.

Maiolo finished the game 2-for-2 with a base on balls, while Jake Bingham led the Mad Dog offense, going 3-for-3 at the plate with a two-run double.

The teams played a short exhibition game after Game 1.

The Mad Dogs won the shortened contest, 2-1, behind the stellar pitching performance by Phillip Chadwick.

Although the game was two innings, Chadwick overpowered the Steamboat offense, recording five of the six possible outs via the strikeout.

Chadwick "is definitely one of our aces," Davis said. "We've only been together for five days so far, but we'll come around."

The Mad Dogs travel to Rawlins today, to compete in a double-header.

"They'll be fine," Davis said. "We are going to take two (games) from Rawlins, have some fun, and by the time we play Steamboat again, we'll be ready."

Comments

Use the comment form below to begin a discussion about this content.

Requires free registration

Posting comments requires a free account and verification.