MCHS baseball team drops weekend doubleheader
Results from the MCHS varsity baseball team’s doubleheader Saturday against Palisade:
Game 1: Palisade — 12 MCHS — 2
Game 2: MCHS — 2 Palisade — 6
The Moffat County High School varsity baseball team lost both games of a doubleheader Saturday against visiting Palisade at the Craig Middle School field.
The first game looked promising by the end of the fourth inning, as the Bulldogs briefly got on a roll to tie the score, 2-2.
Once the team got back on the field, Palisade took control with a vengeance, scoring 10 runs in the next three innings.
“We fell apart,” junior Jacob Teeter said between games.
“We let them get into our heads, and we didn’t play a full game.”
Coach Justin Folley said the Palisade "got hot and just took it to us."
For the second game, MCHS junior Bubba Ivers took over pitching duties from senior Ivan Nielsen and sophomore Sheldon Greenwood.
Despite weeks without pitching a game as a starter, Ivers brought the heat and a new presence on the mound put a damper on Palisade’s scoring.
Unfortunately, the Bulldogs could not gain any momentum at the plate and the lack of runs was costly.
The defense suffered its worst blow in the fifth inning as some wild pitches by Ivers loaded the bases, and a double by Palisade brought in three runs.
“I was trying to rush everything to the plate so they couldn’t steal,” he said.
“It was really throwing me off because I was trying to watch the batter and the runners at the same time.”
Within minutes, Ivers was faced with the same scenario with opponents on every corner, though he was saved by an infield pop-up that ended the inning, 6-0.
Things took a turn for the better in the sixth, when Teeter bolted for first after Palisade’s catcher dropped the ball on the third strike, stretching the opportunity into a double on an overthrow.
Teeter was eventually brought home on a single by senior Carlos Maldonado, who streaked to the plate for the final score of the 6-2 game.
Folley said the team’s tighter play toward the end of the day showed their ability to finish strong during tough times.
“They didn’t quit today and it was good to see them play through the whole game,” he said.
“You’ve got to be able to compete from the first inning to the seventh. Palisade is a powerhouse, and we stood against them.”
The Bulldogs are now 3-11 overall and 1-7 in the 4A Western Slope League.
Folley said as they look toward league games against Steamboat Springs and Glenwood Springs, the priority in practices will be improved hitting.
“We’ve got to be able to get up there and make contact, get the bat on the ball every time,” he said. “We’ll get there.”