Moffat County pitcher Erick Leonard, pictured above as a sophomore, took the mound for the Bulldogs on Saturday in Olathe. The Bulldogs lost to Carbon County (Utah), 17-0, finishing their season-opening road trip 0-3.

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Moffat County pitcher Erick Leonard, pictured above as a sophomore, took the mound for the Bulldogs on Saturday in Olathe. The Bulldogs lost to Carbon County (Utah), 17-0, finishing their season-opening road trip 0-3.

MCHS baseball team in unfamiliar territory

Bulldogs blanked on season-opening road trip

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Saturday, March 21

Moffat County 0 Carbon 17

Linescore: 1 2 3 4 5 F

MCHS (0-3) 0 0 0 0 0 0

CCHS (3-2) 4 0 4 9 x 17

Tim Hafey's nightmare beginning to the 2009 baseball has gotten worse.

Back-to-back 4-3 and 27-6 losses in Montrose on Saturday were followed up with a 17-0 shelling Sunday in Olathe.

Never in the MCHS skipper's career had any of his team's lost by more than 13 runs, so it's no surprise the Bulldogs' 21-run defeat to the Indians and 17-run loss to Carbon County (Utah) has Hafey left in a haze.

"I just don't know what it is," Hafey said. "We aren't making the routine plays. When you can't make routine plays, you can't get people out. And when you can't get people out, you can't win ball games."

Senior Erick Leonard took the mound for the Bulldogs in Olathe on Sunday.

Leonard struck out the side the first two innings, but four hits, four walks and two MCHS defensive miscues lead to a 4-0 Dinos lead.

The wheels came off in the third inning, as Carbon County (3-2 overall, 0-1 Region 8 League - 3A Utah) piled on nine runs to take a commanding 13-0 advantage.

"We just had too many costly mistakes," Hafey said. "It's fundamental-type stuff that I guess we are going to have to go over again. I have to do something for it to stick in their brains."

Moffat County (0-3 overall, 0-0 Western Slope League) couldn't match the Dinos offensive outburst, managing one hit - a third-inning single by MCHS senior Casey McClanahan - against Carbon County's pitching.

"They had excellent pitching," Hafey said. "They threw two kids at us that were both aces. They were really well-schooled, and they just did an excellent job with their location."

The Bulldogs scored nine runs during the three-game road trip, but it was defense that proved to be the team's undoing.

Moffat County allowed 48 runs during the series, aided by 14 errors and 12 walks.

Spencer Wayman finished the series 1-5 from the leadoff spot, but the senior drew six walks that lead to three runs scored and two stolen bases.

Dylon Camilletti completed the weekend 1-4 with five walks, a stolen base and an RBI. Leonard finished 2-7 with two doubles, Jasen Kettle was 2-5 and Casey Martin finished 1-4 with the team's first RBI of the 2009 campaign.

The team gets four days to work out the kinks.

"We are going to have to go back to the beginning and refresh their memories," Hafey said. "Maybe the kids aren't tuned in to that. Maybe they need to be refreshed. Playing baseball in the gym isn't the same as playing on a grass infield."

The Bulldogs visit Vernal at 2:30 p.m. Friday and then host Glenwood Springs at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Notes

Leonard pitched Saturday with a sore arm, invoking praise from his coach for "gutting it out."

"He worked really hard with a tender arm," Hafey said. "He finished with six strikeouts in two just two innings of work. What else can you do?"

John Vandelinder can be reached at 875-1793 or jvandelinder@craigdailypress.com.

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