Craig The Moffat County Bulldog legion baseball team lost its first game of the state championship tournament Thursday in Eaton, 5-3, to the No. 4 seeded Fort Morgan Mustangs.
Trailing 5-1 in the top of the seventh inning, the No. 5 seeded Bulldogs rallied.
Scott Costello led off the inning with a base on balls and was sacrificed into scoring position on a perfectly executed bunt by Greg Blackstun.
Dylan Camilletti knocked Costello in with an RBI single, pulling the Bulldogs within three, 5-2.
With two outs, a walk drawn by Hayden resident Jake McGee set the table for Halen Raymond.
Raymond responded with an RBI bloop single scoring Camilletti to pull Moffat County within two, but the rally fell short.
"They threw a really good pitcher at us," Bulldog coach Rich Sadvar said of the Mustangs. "He was throwing three good pitches, and we weren't ready for it."
The Mustangs scored three runs in the first inning, one in the third and another in the fifth.
Hayden resident Ben Williams pitched a complete game for the Bulldogs, taking the loss.
Moffat County got on the board in the sixth inning, when McGee scored on a wild pitch with the bases loaded and two outs.
"They were tight," Sadvar said of the Bulldogs. "We have to give them (Fort Morgan) credit though, they were ready and we weren't."
The Bulldogs will now have to work their way through the losers bracket in the double elimination tournament.
Next up is the No. 8 seeded Valley Vikings who lost Thursday to tournament host Eaton.
Moffat County will be the home team when the first pitch is thrown at noon today.
"We have to come back and put the bat on the ball," Sadvar said. "We have to score some runs. This is it. We are one of the final eight teams in the state, and I don't want to see the season end."