If the hour-and-a-half delay at the beginning of the day was any indicator, the Moffat County High School varsity baseball team was in for a long day Saturday in Glenwood Springs.
Following a delay because there were no scheduled umpires, the Bulldogs (8-7 overall, 6-6 in the Western Slope League) weren’t able to hold on to a late lead in game one, and fell, 7-6.
In the second game, Glenwood Springs (9-10 overall, 6-8 in the WSL) was able to ride a Mario Gonzalez grand slam to a 15-3 win.
But, MCHS manager Justin Folley said Glenwood was a lot better than the record indicated.
“They didn’t have a lot in the way of pitching, but they could field,” he said. “Nothing left the infield. And they had one kid who had 7 RBI on the day.
“He had a two-run shot in the first game, and a grand slam in the second.”
Nathan Hill started game one, and Austin Sadvar hit a home run and Bubba Ivers added a ground-rule double.
The two teams were tied, 5-5, heading into the top of the seventh inning.
Moffat County was able to score a run to lead, 6-5, but Glenwood Springs answered with two in the bottom half of the inning to win.
In the second game, which was started by Ivers, the Demons got off to a hot start and never let up, Folley said.
“Those kids can play,” he said. “They have been putting it all together over the last couple of games.”
The Demons bested league-leading Palisade on May 1, and are currently tied for fifth in the WSL with Rifle — two games behind the Bulldogs.
With third-place Delta playing Tuesday in Craig, Folley said he expects his team to rebound quickly, and make up lost ground.
“I’m hoping our guys can bounce back,” he said. “We have some big games coming up that decide who gets into the playoffs.
“We’ll refocus, and hopefully take two.”
MCHS has been without its ace, Ben Williams, since the right-hander went down with a hand injury April 27 against Steamboat Springs.
“It hurts not having him on the mound,” Folley said. “But, in the games he’s been out, our kids have played well.”