MCHS baseball learns from tourney experience

Results

Results from the Moffat County High School boys varsity baseball team’s games Saturday at Montrose High School:

(Team — final)

Moffat County — 4

Emery — 14

Moffat County — 3

Montrose — 13

— MCHS went 0-3 in the Montrose Tournament

As the Moffat County High School boys varsity baseball team walked off the field in Montrose Saturday afternoon, they were sitting at 0-3 on the season.

Still, head coach Justin Folley said there was reason for hope.

“Once we can get outside everyday, we will improve in a lot of areas,” he said. “Defensively and offensively, we will get better.”

The Bulldogs dropped their first game Saturday, 14-4, to Emery (Utah) High School. Montrose High School went on to beat the Bulldogs 13-3 in the second game Saturday.

Folley said his team had some outstanding highlights as well as some low points over the weekend.

“Bubba (Ivers) struggled in his first start as pitcher against Emery,” he said. “He had a tough first inning and afterwards, the defense fell asleep.”

The offense, however, had a strong start to season, Folley said.

Hayden senior Ben Williams, who started at the pitching position against Montrose, hit a two-run homerun in the same game.

“Our offense was impressive this weekend,” Folley said. “Guys weren’t always swinging at the first pitch and it is always good to see more pitches.”

Folley said the Bulldogs faced a left-handed pitcher against Montrose, something they don’t see too often.

“It is good to see different pitching styles,” he said. “We otherwise don’t see (left-handed pitchers), so it was good experience.”

Folley said as his team moves into Western Slope League play in the next few weeks, they would be better prepared.

“The three teams we played in Montrose are a little bit above the other teams in our conference,” he said. “I think we can compete with every team in our conference and even beat some of them.”

With three games in the books, Folley said seniors Williams and Dylon Camilletti should have productive seasons.

“Offensively, Ben is off to a fast start and has been really productive at the plate,” he said. “The defense let him down in his first game as pitcher, but he did a solid job.”

Camilletti, who is the lead off batter for the Bulldogs, has helped the team by getting on base often in the first tournament.

“When Dylon gets on base, it sparks the rest of the offense,” Folley said. “He has also been a leader down the middle at the shortstop position.”

Folley said before the season started the catcher position would be a position of concern for the team.

Moving forward, Folley said he would count on junior Carlos Maldonado to lead

that position.

“Carlos has never played the catcher position before, but we are really going to rely on him there this season,” he said. “He really stepped up this weekend and I think Carlos will be one of the top players in our league.”

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