Ivan Nielson, a Moffat County High School junior, makes the play at first base against Battle Mountain High School April 12 at Craig Middle School. The MCHS baseball team couldn’t contain Palmer Ridge High School’s offense in the first round of the 4A playoffs Saturday, falling to the No. 1 seed, 8-0.

Photo by Joshua Gordon

Ivan Nielson, a Moffat County High School junior, makes the play at first base against Battle Mountain High School April 12 at Craig Middle School. The MCHS baseball team couldn’t contain Palmer Ridge High School’s offense in the first round of the 4A playoffs Saturday, falling to the No. 1 seed, 8-0.

Bulldogs struggle at the plate, fall to Palmer Ridge, 8-0

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Results

Results from the Moffat County High School baseball team’s 4A playoff game Saturday at Palmer Ridge High School:

(Team — final)

• Moffat County — 0

• Palmer Ridge — 8

Top individual performers

(Name — hits — RBIs)

• Bubba Ivers — 2 — 0

• Kulen Turner — 1 — 0

After a two-year hiatus from the state playoffs, the Moffat County High School baseball team returned to the post season Saturday at Palmer Ridge High School.

The Bulldogs, however, couldn’t overcome the hitting and pitching that led Palmer Ridge to a No. 1 seed, falling in the first round, 8-0.

“We mad a couple of mistakes and errors that allowed Palmer Ridge to get a couple of extra runs they shouldn’t have had,” head coach Justin Folley said. “Coming in as the No. 32 seed playing the best team, we played our game and didn’t change up a whole lot.”

The Bulldogs (8-9 overall) won their last four games of the regular season by scoring a combined 54 runs.

On Saturday, Palmer Ridge’s (20-1 overall) pitcher, Reed Stoltzfus, shut out MCHS and only allowed three hits.

“(Palmer Ridge’s) pitcher had a breaking ball that was the best we had seen all year,” Folley said. “He kept us off balance and made us work for every pitch he threw.”

Besides a few errors, Folley said his defense played an exceptional game.

“What I understand is Palmer Ridge didn’t go into the seventh inning that often this year,” he said. “For us to stay in the game and push them into the seventh inning, I think it shows we did a pretty good job.”

Senior Ben Williams pitched all seven innings for the Bulldogs. Folley said Williams was able to keep his team in the game all the way through.

The Bulldogs trailed, 5-0, after three innings and Palmer Ridge didn’t score again until the sixth inning.

“Ben did a good job of working the ball and I don’t think he got overpowered by (Palmer Ridge) at all,” Folley said. “They worked the ball up field and Ben kept the offense in the game, they just didn’t come through.”

The three MCHS hits came from sophomore Bubba Ivers, who went two for three at the plate, and senior Kulen Turner, who had a double on the day.

Folley said senior Dylon Camilletti had an excellent last game of his high school career.

“Dylon did a great job defensively and was always looking for extra outs,” he said. “He called for a stolen base that resulted in an out and just did a fantastic job.”

Palmer Ridge beat Fort Morgan in the second round of the day and will advance to the double-elimination tournament starting Friday.

Western Slope League champion Palisade High School’s game against Falcon High School was postponed until today after one inning of play Saturday. Palisade leads, 6-1.

Delta High School, the second-place finisher in the WSL, beat No. 6 Durango in the first round, 4-3, but fell to Air Academy in the second round, 3-1.

Folley said with the 2011 season now over, he is looking forward to next year.

“Anytime a team can make the post season, it helps to build the program,” he said. “The younger guys on our team got the experience of the playoffs and saw what it takes to be a No.1 team. They have the confidence and should be ready for next year.”

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