Bubba Ivers connects Tuesday night with a pitch against Battle Mountain's Chad Wilkinson. Ivers, along with the rest of the Moffat County American Legion Post 62 baseball team, defeated the Huskies, 25-6, in the second game of a doubleheader.

Photo by Ben Bulkeley

Bubba Ivers connects Tuesday night with a pitch against Battle Mountain's Chad Wilkinson. Ivers, along with the rest of the Moffat County American Legion Post 62 baseball team, defeated the Huskies, 25-6, in the second game of a doubleheader.

Bulldogs punish Huskies in doubleheader

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Scott Costello watches his home run to center field take flight Tuesday against Battle Mountain. Moffat County won the first game, 11-1, behind the pitching of Nathan Hill.

Box scores

Moffat County American Legion versus Battle Mountain, doubleheader

GAME 1:

Name; AB; H; R; RBI; HR; BB; SO

Dylon Camilletti, SS; 3; 2; 1; 0; 0; 1; 0

Scott Costello, C; 3; 1; 1; 2; 1; 1; 1

Ben Williams, CF; 4; 2; 2; 0; 0; 0; 0

Halen Raymond, 3B; 2; 1; 1; 0; 0; 1; 0

Austin Sadvar, 1B; 3; 2; 1; 2; 0; 0; 0

Bubba Ivers, LF; 3; 2; 2; 2; 0; 0; 0

Kulen Turner, RF; 1; 0; 1; 0; 0; 1; 1

• Mark Doolin, PH; 0; 0; 1; 0; 0; 1; 0

Greg Blackstun, 2B; 3; 1; 1; 2; 0; 0; 1

Nathan Hill, P; 3; 2; 0; 3; 0; 0; 1

PITCHING LINE:

Name; IP; H; R; BB; SO; HR

Nathan Hill; 5.0; 3; 1; 1; 4; 1

GAME 2:

Name; AB; H; R; RBI; HR; BB; SO

Dylon Camilletti, SS; 3; 2; 1; 2; 0; 0; 0

• Nathan Hill, SS; 2; 2; 1; 1; 0; 0; 0

Scott Costello, C; 6; 2; 1; 2; 0; 0; 2

Ben Williams, CF; 2; 0; 1; 1; 0; 1; 0

• Zach Booco, PH-RF; 2; 1; 1; 1; 0; 1; 1

Halen Raymond, 3B; 4; 4; 5; 6; 0; 1; 0

Austin Sadvar, 1B; 3; 3; 2; 3; 0; 0; 0

Bubba Ivers, LF; 3; 2; 1; 0; 0; 0; 0

• Mark Doolin, PH-LF; 1; 0; 1; 1; 0; 1; 1

Ivan Nielson, P; 4; 3; 4; 4; 0; 0; 1

Kulen Turner, RF-CF; 3; 0; 3; 1; 0; 1; 2

Greg Blackstun, 2B; 3; 1; 2; 1; 0; 0; 0

• Trevor Goodwin; 2; 1; 2; 0; 0; 0; 0

PITCHING LINE:

Name; IP; H; R; BB; SO; HR

Ivan Nielson; 5.0; 4; 6; 2; 2; 0

Scott Costello knows he's not going to hit very many home runs.

As a tall and wiry catcher, his hits usually are contained by the fences.

That's why even he was surprised on Tuesday.

"I was watching it, and my first thought was, 'Did it really just go out?'" Costello said after Moffat County American Legion Post 62 baseball team's 11-1 win in the first game of a doubleheader against Battle Mountain.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Costello lined a pitch from Battle Mountain's Joe Webb to center field.

"As soon as I was around third, I couldn't help but smile," he said. "It was a fastball, and I just wanted to get the runner (shortstop Dylon Camilletti) in.

"Instead, I drove them both in."

But Costello said he doesn't expect a power surge.

"For someone my size, I don't expect to hit too many (home runs)," he said.

The two-run blast was all the run support pitcher Nathan Hill needed.

After giving up a home run to Davey Honda in the first inning, Hill settled down and limited the Huskies to two hits the rest of the way.

"At first, my pitches weren't so good," Hill said. "I had problems with my curve, but my coach helped me with my pitches, and it all came together."

Hill admitted that Honda's blast unsettled him a little.

"I was a nervous," he said. "I was wondering what the rest of their lineup would look like."

Hill proved to be too much with his arm and his bat - he rapped two hits and knocked in three runs.

"My batting felt good," he said. "My timing was good."

Not to be outdone, pitcher Ivan Nielson threw a complete game in the nightcap of the doubleheader and had four RBIs.

The Bulldogs went on to win the second game, 25-6, clocking 21 hits in the process.

"I threw good - my arm felt good," Nielson said. "And if my defense is playing well behind me, I know we're going to win."

Coach Justin Folley said if his pitchers find the strike zone and his fielders make all the plays, his team will be hard to beat.

"The pitchers didn't give out too many free passes today - they limited their walks," he said. "Nathan got tagged for the home run early, but that was it."

Folley said the doubleheader sweep was just the latest in his team's batting revelation.

"We're finally breaking through," he said. "We scored 16 (Monday) against Carbondale, 11 in the first game and 25 in the second. That's about 50 runs in three games.

"I think we can say we're finally coming around."

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