The Moffat County High School varsity baseball team stands in the dugout during an April 16 game against Palisade. The Bulldogs discovered on Wednesday that they did not qualify for this year’s playoffs.

Photo by Shawn McHugh

The Moffat County High School varsity baseball team stands in the dugout during an April 16 game against Palisade. The Bulldogs discovered on Wednesday that they did not qualify for this year’s playoffs.

MCHS baseball falls short of playoffs

Rifle claims fourth and final WSL spot

MCHS varsity baseball team’s 2010 season results:

Date Place Opponent Result

March 13 Away Rifle High School 15-5L

March 13 Away Rifle High School 10-9W

March 19 Away Emery (Utah) High School 11-7L

March 20 Away Berthoud High School 6-5W

March 20 Away Alamosa High School 5-3W

April 13 Home Steamboat Springs High School 15-7W

April 16 Home Palisade High School 12-10W

April 16 Home Palisade High School 7-5L

April 24 Away Eagle Valley High School 7-6L

April 24 Away Eagle Valley High School 6-4L

April 27 Away Steamboat Springs High School 9-3W

May 1 Home Battle Mountain High School 8-7W

May 1 Home Battle Mountain High School 17-3W

May 8 Away Glenwood Springs High School 5-4L

May 8 Away Glenwood Springs High School 13-3L

April 22 Away Delta High School 14-2L

April 22 Away Delta High School 7-5L

Total: 8-9 overall, 6-8 in the Western Slope League

As it turns out, the first game of the Moffat County High School varsity baseball season was the most important.

On Wednesday, the baseball team discovered it would not be part of the 4A state playoffs.

MCHS (8-9 overall, 6-8 in the Western Slope League) finished the season in a three-way tie with Glenwood Springs and Rifle.

Because of the tie, head-to-head records determined the fourth and final team from the WSL to make the playoffs.

MCHS accumulated a 1-3 record against the two teams, while Glenwood Springs finished 2-2, and Rifle, which defeated MCHS once and Glenwood twice, finished 3-1 to claim the playoff spot.

In the first game of the season, MCHS dropped a game against Rifle, 15-5. That game made a big difference later in the year.

“That first game really came back to bite us,” manager Justin Folley said. “What really killed us was playing a conference game in the first game of the season.”

Moffat County was swept May 8 in Glenwood Springs to even its league record at 6-6.

The team then dropped two games May 11 in Grand Junction against Delta to fall into the three-way tie.

Palisade, 11-3 in the WSL, finished first in the league because of head-to-head match-ups, followed by Delta and Eagle Valley, both of which also finished 11-3.

Steamboat Springs (3-12 in the WSL) finished seventh while Battle Mountain (2-12) finished eighth.

Rifle (9-10 overall, 6-8 in the WSL) drew the 30th seed in the 32-team bracket.

The Bears will play at 10 a.m. Saturday at Wheat Ridge.

No. 17-seeded Palisade (14-5) will play Cheyenne Mountain (14-5) at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

No. 25 Eagle Valley (13-6) will play at 10 a.m. Saturday against No. 8 Silver Creek (15-4), and No. 23 Delta (13-5) will play No. 10 Broomfield at 12:30 p.m., also on Saturday.

Although Moffat County (8-9 overall, 6-8 in the WSL) will not be in the playoffs, Folley said the team still had a good year.

“We had a six-win improvement over last year,” he said. “I thought this year was a win for our school.”

The team will say goodbye to seven seniors — Devon Enochs, Paul Collins, Scott Costello, Nathan Hill, Greg Blackstun, Austin Sadvar and Halen Raymond.

Next year, the team will be handed over to juniors Kulen Turner, Dylon Camilletti and Ben Williams.

“We have rebuilding ahead of us,” Folley said. “Ben and Dylon are used to having a solid core around them, and next year, they will be the core.

“We’re just going to have to rely on our juniors more next year than we have in the past.”

Ben Bulkeley can be reached at 875-1795 or bbulkeley@craigdailypress.com.

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