Results from the Moffat County High School baseball team’s doubleheader Monday at Palisade High School:
• Moffat County — 3
• Palisade — 7
• Moffat County — 3
• Palisade — 19
Top individual performers:
(Name — at bats — hits)
• Bubba Ivers — 6 — 5
• Ivan Nielson — 3 — 2 (game 1)
• Dylon Camilletti — 3 — 2 (game 2)
The Moffat County High School baseball team went into Monday’s games against Palisade hoping to at least split a doubleheader and gain better position in the Western Slope League standings.
Fielding errors and pitching woes, however, foiled the Bulldogs’ plans, as Palisade, the WSL leader, swept MCHS, 7-3 and 19-3.
“Our defense was not good,” MCHS coach Justin Folley said. “It is tough with the moisture we have had here to get on the field and get in the repetitions. We’ve been stuck in the gym and that makes defensive practice difficult.”
Senior Ben Williams pitched the first game, but was brought down by the Bulldogs’ poor defensive performance, Folley said.
“Ben was fantastic on the mound as usual,” he said. “Our little mistakes hurt us and Palisade capitalized on them. It was just flat out physical errors.”
Sophomore Mark Doolin started the second game, but didn’t last through the first inning.
Doolin walked four of the six batters he faced and gave up a triple and a double.
Fellow sophomore Bubba Ivers came in for relief before the first inning was over.
“It’s tough with the schedule we have to get guys in the bullpen,” Folley said. “We have a week break before our next game, so we will get Doolin practicing and we just have to get him in the groove we know that he can be in.”
Folley said the Bulldogs (4-8 overall, 4-4 WSL) had a decent day at the plate, but still need work.
Ivers went 2 for 3 in the first game and a perfect 3 for 3 in the second with two triples.
Junior Ivan Nielson went 2 for 3 in the first game and senior Dylon Camilletti went 2 for 3 in the second game.
“We had a lot of hit balls go right at guys and we struggled with strike outs,” Folley said. “They were looking at third strikes and we just have to get more guys hitting the ball.”
Camilletti said the Bulldogs weren’t prepared to come out on the field.
“Our outfielders weren’t taking the right routes to the ball and same with the infielders,” he said. “We couldn’t get hits and we made errors. I don’t think we were ready to play.”
The Bulldogs were ranked third in the WSL before Monday, but the two losses dropped the team one game behind Steamboat Springs in the loss column.
The Sailors (4-5 overall, 4-3 WSL) will travel to Craig for a doubleheader May 3 at Craig Middle School. The Bulldogs will close the season with a doubleheader May 7 in Glenwood Springs.
Folley said the games against Steamboat might decide who gets the third and final playoff spot from the WSL.
Palisade (8-6 overall, 6-1 WSL) and Delta (5-3 overall, 4-1 WSL) are currently ranked first and second, respectively.
“The losses to Palisade definitely make it tough,” he said of his team’s playoff chances. “If we can sweep Steamboat I think we will be in a good position to wrap up the third spot against Glenwood.”
To get the best out of his team, Folley said the Bulldogs are going to work on getting their home diamond as dry as possible.
“We are going to make some adjustments in practice to get the best production possible,” he said. “We have until next Tuesday to really get prepared.”
The last time the Bulldogs made the playoffs was 2008.
Camilletti said this year’s team has the talent to play in the postseason.
“It wouldn’t just be good for me, but good for the team,” he said. “All of our last four games are big and we have a lot of talent that I think we will do what we have to do to get in.”
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