Craig Last summer, Scott Costello couldn’t believe he had hit his first career home run until it left the yard.
On Tuesday, it was déjà vu all over again for the Moffat County High School senior.
Costello, who celebrated his birthday on Tuesday, brought his own fireworks in the way of a two-run home run in the fourth inning to pace MCHS in its 9-3 win Tuesday over Steamboat Springs High School at Craig Middle School.
“I felt good when I hit it,” he said. “It was just like it was in the summer — when I hit it, I didn’t think it was gone.
“But, I had to go for a jog.”
Costello’s home run was just one of three for MCHS (6-5 overall, 4-4 in the Western Slope League) after Dylon Camilletti launched his first career home run in the second inning.
Bubba Ivers hit his first regular season home run in the fifth inning.
For Camilletti, a junior, it was his first homer in high school.
“I’ve been close before, but it always bounced off the fence,” he said. “Today, I got enough of it.”
Because he wasn’t expecting his long fly ball to left center to get out, Camilletti thought he just had a long base hit.
“I didn’t think it was going out,” he said. “I looked up, and saw the outfielders looking over the fence so I knew it was over.”
Mark Doolin started the game for the Bulldogs and pitched three innings and struck out six batters.
Ivers came in and pitched four innings and racked up six strikeouts.
“Bubba came in and threw strikes right away,” Costello said. “He hit his groove early.”
Ivers, a freshman, was more excited about his pitching than his home run.
“I was feeling great,” he said. “I felt better after the first inning I pitched. I was more confident.”
MCHS jumped onto the board with a run in the top of the first inning, but Steamboat Springs answered with a run off Bulldog error to knot the score at 1-1.
Camilletti started the second inning with his home run, which cleared the leftfield fence, and the Bulldogs led, 3-1.
Steamboat scored again in the third inning to make the score 3-2, before Costello hit his first home run of the season to get the Bulldogs up 5-2.
“This was a good game for us,” Costello said. “We hit the ball hard and put it in play.”
Ben Bulkeley can be reached at 875-1795 or firstname.lastname@example.org.