Moffat County High School outfielder Erick Leonard connects with a pitch last season against Delta. The Bulldogs opened the 2009 season Friday in Montrose with a doubleheader against Alamosa and the host Indians.

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Moffat County High School outfielder Erick Leonard connects with a pitch last season against Delta. The Bulldogs opened the 2009 season Friday in Montrose with a doubleheader against Alamosa and the host Indians.

MCHS baseball falls, 4-3, 27-6, in season-opener

Game results

Friday, March 20

• Game 1

Moffat County 3, Alamosa 4

MCHS (0-1): 0-3-0-0-0-0 Final: 3

AHS (1-0): 0-1-0-3-0-x Final: 4

Game 2

• Moffat County 6, Montrose 27

MCHS (0-2): 2-0-0-2-2 Final: 6

MHS (2-0): 4-4-3-16-x Final: 27

— It's not exactly how Tim Hafey pictured the start of the season to play out.

The skipper for the Moffat County High School baseball team said he was "disappointed" with Friday's season-opening performance in Montrose.

Rightfully so.

The Bulldogs made 10 errors on their way to losing 4-3 to Alamosa High School, and 27-6 to the host Indians.

Moffat County began the first game of its three-game road trip off on the right foot, taking a 3-0 lead into the fourth-inning behind a stellar pitching performance by junior Nathan Hill.

"We came out with Hill and he did awesome," Hafey said about his opening-day starter. "He pitched 3 1/3 innings and had eight strikeouts. I had no idea that little kid could do that."

Despite Hill's performance, his defense failed him in the fourth. The Mean Moose (1-1) capitalized on three consecutive two-out errors in the frame, plating three runs and stealing the win.

"We pitched very well in the first game," Hafey said. "We had the game won, and we gave it away."

Things didn't get any better for the Bulldogs in the second game.

They got worse.

The Moffat County pitching staff was shelled for 24 hits and 27 runs on the way to having the mercy rule placed in effect by the host Montrose Indians.

Montrose (2-0) scored four runs in the game's first two innings, three more in the third, and more than a dozen in the fourth.

The Bulldogs scored two runs in the top of the fourth to pull within a respectable 11-4, but costly mistakes plagued the visitors again.

Montrose plated 16 runners in the frame, dropping Moffat County to 0-2.

"They are a well-coached team that just kept hitting," Hafey said. "They ran hit-and-runs all day long, they stole bases on us all day long, and we had trouble holding runners."

Ben Williams toted the rubber in Game 2 and gave up eight runs in two innings of work, while Greg Blackstun and Jasen Kettle split the 19 runs scored in the final two.

"They hit the ball solid and we didn't make plays," Hafey said. "We had seven errors in that game."

Despite the doubleheader sweep, Hafey said he knows the reason for his team's woes.

"We just haven't been outside, Hafey said. "We misplayed some balls in the outfield and we're struggling at third base right now. We've only had time on the field to practice the routine stuff. We haven't had a chance to get the technical stuff yet. But, we'll get there, it just takes time."

The team doesn't have much time to do it.

The Bulldogs face Carbon County (Utah) at 1 p.m. today in Olathe.

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