Ben Williams, Moffat County American Legion Post 62 pitcher, delivers a pitch in the sixth inning of Thursday's game against Eagle Valley. Williams, of Hayden, struck out 10 Knights.

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Ben Williams, Moffat County American Legion Post 62 pitcher, delivers a pitch in the sixth inning of Thursday's game against Eagle Valley. Williams, of Hayden, struck out 10 Knights.

Moffat County baseball team 'cold' against Eagle Valley

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Justin Folley, Moffat County American Legion baseball coach, summed up his team's batting and the weather with one word.

Cold.

On Thursday, the Moffat County American Legion Post 62 baseball team hosted the Eagle Valley Knights.

With temperatures hovering about 50 degrees coupled with the occasional downpour, the team dropped the first game of a doubleheader, 4-0.

"They didn't play bad," Folley said. "Their bats were just frozen."

The team could only drum up one hit - a Bubba Ivers double in the fourth inning - and struck out 15 times against Eagle Valley's ace, Jack Barbella.

"He threw well," Folley said. "He only has two pitches, but the guys couldn't make the adjustments.

"(Eagle Valley) also made all the plays behind him."

Junior Ben Williams took the mound for Moffat County, which entered the game with a 4-4 record.

Williams started the game strong, fanning the first two batters he faced, but then the rain came, and Eagle Valley strung together four hits to stake Barbella to 2-0 lead before he even threw a pitch.

In the fourth inning, Eagle Valley's Nick Pietrack hit a home run to center field to make the score, 3-0.

Barbella hit a solo shot in the fifth for Eagle Valley's last run of the game.

As the weather warmed and the rain stopped, Williams found a groove, retiring the last five batters he faced.

Williams, who whiffed 10 in a complete game effort, said the weather didn't bother him.

"It wasn't that bad," he said. "My control just wasn't that good."

In the first few innings, Williams said he had problem keeping the ball down.

"It just stayed up for a while," he said. "My pitches weren't as good as I wanted them to be."

Williams, of Hayden, allowed only one walk, but he gave up nine rain-soaked base hits.

Moffat County was bolstered by strong defense from first baseman Halen Raymond, catcher Scott Costello and shortstop Dylon Camilletti, who started an inning-ending double play in the fourth.

Folley said the team might have been fazed slightly by the weather.

"But, they should be ready to play until they hear otherwise," he said.

On Monday, the team will travel to Carbondale for a doubleheader. The next scheduled home game for the Bulldogs is June 23 against Battle Mountain.

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