Ben Williams slides into third base Saturday during the Moffat County American Legion baseball team's game against visiting Steamboat Springs. Williams pitched six scoreless innings and picked up the win in the first game of a doubleheader.

Photo by Hans Hallgren

Ben Williams slides into third base Saturday during the Moffat County American Legion baseball team's game against visiting Steamboat Springs. Williams pitched six scoreless innings and picked up the win in the first game of a doubleheader.

Moffat County American Legion baseball team sweeps Steamboat Springs in doubleheader

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Austin Sadvar, of Moffat County's American Legion team, rushes to third Saturday after hitting a triple against visiting Steamboat Springs. Moffat County swept the doubleheader with final scores of 10-0 and 17-4.

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Game one:

Dylon Camilletti, SS

Scott Costello, C

Ben Williams, P

Halen Raymond, 3B

Austin Sadvar, 1B

Bubba Ivers, RF

Kulen Turner, CF

Greg Blackstun, 2B

Nathan Hill, LF

Game two:

Dylon Camilletti, SS

Scott Costello, C

Ben Williams, CF

Halen Raymond, 3B

Austin Sadvar, LF

Bubba Ivers, P

Ivan Nielson, 1B

Zach Booco, RF

Nathan Hill, 2B

Ben Williams is in the middle of the Moffat County and Steamboat Springs rivalry.

From Hayden, Williams could have gone either way.

Unfortunately for Steamboat Springs, Williams wears Bulldog blue.

On Saturday, Williams tossed the first game of a doubleheader for the American Legion Post 62 baseball team, logging six shutout innings and picking up the win in a 10-0 romp.

"I felt good today," Williams said. "I was able to locate my fastball. I don't think I was staying on top of my curve, though."

But Williams, who throws a two- and four-seam fastball, a changeup and a curve, was able to muscle his way through the Steamboat lineup en route to a nine-strikeout performance.

"I was locating better than usual, and I was getting ahead in the count," Williams said. "That allowed me to work in my off-speed stuff. I felt like I didn't have to fight to get back in the count."

And the significance of facing off against Moffat County's biggest rivals wasn't lost on Williams.

"You're always kind of thinking about it," he said. "I mean, you always want to win, especially against your rivals, but it was fun."

Williams also was able to help out with bat, as he wrapped a couple of base hits and scored a pair of runs.

Bubba Ivers, who started on the mound for the second game of the doubleheader, had a pair of long doubles in the first game.

Moffat County jumped out to an early lead in the first inning against Steamboat Springs' Alan Capistron.

Shortstop Dylon Camilletti smashed a double, and catcher Scott Costello grounded out, moving Camilletti to third. Williams walked, and third baseman Halen Raymond and first baseman Austin Sadvar had a pair of RBI hits to get Moffat County on the board, and stake Williams to a 3-0 lead.

Coach Justin Folley said he was hoping his team would have put Steamboat Springs away earlier.

"They came out strong, then I think they coasted for a little while," Folley said about his team. "But, they turned around and did what they are supposed to do."

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Moffat County struck again, with RBI singles from Camilletti and Costello, an RBI double from Ivan Nielson, and a sacrifice fly from Ivers to score Raymond to end the game.

"I wasn't expecting a 10-0 blowout, no," Folley said. "But, this team knows what it can do."

It was Williams with the standout performance, Folley said.

"Ben threw a ballgame," Folley said. "He was throwing strikes, and the team was playing solid defense behind him.

"Anytime you can do that, you're going to win some ballgames."

In the second game, which ended after five innings with a 17-4 Moffat County victory, the scoring started early and kept going.

Moffat County scored eight runs in the first two innings, and bolstered by strong pitching from Ivers and Nielson, never gave Steamboat Springs a chance to sneak in.

Ivers escaped a bases loaded jam in the first inning, allowing only one run and pitched a scoreless second frame.

In the second inning, Moffat County was able to capitalize on seven base hits, two walks, and a hit batter to put up another eight on the scoreboard.

Nielson took over on the rubber in the third inning, and blanked Steamboat for two innings before being touched for three runs in the bottom of the fifth.

Folley said his team did exactly what he wanted them to.

"They stayed calm," he said. "I know they were excited, but they didn't jump out there."

Notes

The American Legion team will travel Wednesday to Rifle for a four-day tournament. : Zach Booco had three walks and three runs in the second game. : Nielson had a pair of strikeouts and picked a runner off in the second game. : There were no home runs hit in either game, but Ivers hit a foul ball that cleared the road beyond the ballpark.

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