Bubba Ivers, a Moffat County High School sophomore, slides into third base May 3 at Craig Middle School. The MCHS baseball team swept Glenwood Springs on Saturday, 14-3 and 9-6, to finish the regular season and secure the third and final Western Slope League playoff spot.

Photo by Joshua Gordon

Bubba Ivers, a Moffat County High School sophomore, slides into third base May 3 at Craig Middle School. The MCHS baseball team swept Glenwood Springs on Saturday, 14-3 and 9-6, to finish the regular season and secure the third and final Western Slope League playoff spot.

MCHS baseball team secures playoff spot with doubleheader wins against Glenwood Springs

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Results from the Moffat County High School baseball team’s doubleheader Saturday against Glenwood Springs High School:

Game 1:

• Moffat County — 14

• Glenwood Springs — 3

Game 2:

• Moffat County — 9

• Glenwood Springs — 6

Top individual performers

(Name — hits — RBI)

• Ben Williams — 5 — 6

• Kulen Turner — 3 — 6

• Dylon Camilletti — 5 — 1

Kulen Turner trotted around the bases after jacking a home run Saturday at Glenwood Springs High School knowing his hit was big.

The score before the Moffat County High School senior stepped up to the plate was 9-3 in favor of the MCHS baseball team. His home run — which came with two men on base — pushed it to 12-3.

The Bulldogs went on to win the first game of the doubleheader against the Demons, 14-3, and followed up with a 9-6 victory to finish out the regular season.

The MCHS wins combined with Palisade’s sweep Saturday of Steamboat Springs pushed the Bulldogs (8-8 overall, 8-4 Western Slope League) into the third and final WSL playoff spot.

Turner said the playoff berth is a testament to how hard the Bulldogs have worked this season.

“Last season, we had a lot of fun at practice and didn’t work as hard,” he said. “This year, we are more focused and we work hard at every practice.”

This season will be the Bulldogs’ first trip to the playoffs since the 2008 season when Turner and fellow seniors Dylon Camilletti and Ben Williams were freshmen.

“These past two years we haven’t been doing too well after making the playoffs as a freshman,” Turner said. “As a senior, it was a big deal to make the playoffs this year.”

MCHS skipper Justin Folley said he could see the growth in his team right from the beginning of game one, when the Bulldogs got into an early 3-0 hole.

“We were down 3-0 until the third inning when we were finally able to tie it up,” he said. “After that, we put up 11 unanswered runs. The guys never looked scared and never gave up.”

Turner’s home run in the first game was his only hit, but he went 2 for 4 in the second game and added three more RBIs.

Williams hit his ninth home run of the season and batted in six runners in the first game. Camilletti went 5 for 8 on the day with one RBI.

Junior Ivan Nielson got things going for the Bulldogs in the second game with a solo home run.

“We did really well at the plate,” Folley said of Saturday’s performance. “We hit a lot of balls hard and we have done well lately with cutting down on strikes. The guys are more patient and adjust every time they go to the plate.”

Folley said one of the big reasons the Bulldogs were able to end the regular season on a four-game winning streak was because of the defense.

“Defensively, we made plays when we needed to,” he said. “We have had problems with errors earlier in the season, but Saturday we made effective throws and had some really great plays.”

The Bulldogs will learn who their first round match-up will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

In his second year as head coach, Folley said he is proud of how his seniors have stepped up this year.

“The seniors have had a couple of rough years, including last year just missing the playoffs by one game,” he said. “They set a goal in the beginning of the season to make the playoffs and they did it. I am proud of all the boys.”

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