Moffat County High School seniors Carlos Maldonado, left, and Ivan Nielsen take a break between games Saturday behind the home dugout at Craig Middle School. The two upperclassmen of the MCHS varsity baseball team finished their high school careers with a doubleheader against Glenwood Springs.

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Moffat County High School seniors Carlos Maldonado, left, and Ivan Nielsen take a break between games Saturday behind the home dugout at Craig Middle School. The two upperclassmen of the MCHS varsity baseball team finished their high school careers with a doubleheader against Glenwood Springs.

MCHS baseball team ends season with losses to Glenwood Springs

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Moffat County High School junior Josh Pritchard closes out the first game of the MCHS varsity baseball team’s doubleheader against Glenwood Springs. The Bulldogs lost the first of the two games, 18-1, in five innings.

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The Moffat County High School varsity baseball team gathers for a team picture during a weekend doubleheader against visiting Glenwood Springs.

Results ...

Moffat County High School varsity baseball team's weekend results:

Game 1: Glenwood Springs — 18 MCHS — 1

Game 2:

Glenwood Springs — 7

MCHS — 6 Final season record: 4-14 overall, 2-10 4A Western Slope League

Moffat County High School seniors Carlos Maldonado and Ivan Nielsen have been on the baseball diamond for more than eight years.

And although their latest season may not have ended the way they would have liked, that doesn’t mean they’ll be ending their tenure playing the sport so soon.

The MCHS varsity baseball team finished its season Saturday with losses to Glenwood Springs.

The doubleheader left the Bulldogs with a season record of 4-14 overall and a last-place finish in the 4A Western Slope League, with a 2-10 league mark.

Moffat County’s early mistakes proved costly.

Glenwood seized the opportunity to score quickly in the first game, driving in one run after another throughout the first three innings, with the Bulldogs down, 16-0, in the bottom of the third.

Nielsen started the first game on the mound.

“Ivan was really putting it high and let them get their bat on it,” MCHS coach Justin Folley said. “I think he’s had a lot of emotion going for the last games.”

Relieving Nielsen with junior Josh Pritchard helped as the game progressed, but umpires were forced to call the game after five innings because of the mercy rule, ending it at 18-1.

MCHS’s sole run came to the plate by freshman Phillip Chadwick on a hit from Carlos Maldonado.

“We were just making too many small mistakes in that game and we couldn’t really pull it together,” Pritchard said.

After a special ceremony between games to acknowledge the end of the season, the Bulldogs gave the Demons better competition in the second game.

Junior Wyatt Oberwitte started on the mound, going for five innings.

The score was 6-3 when he left the hill. A home run by junior Gabriel Maldonado cut into the visitors' lead, but the Bulldogs couldn’t quite catch-up, finishing with a 7-6 defeat.

Folley said the games were indicative of the spirit of the team in a rough year.

“We’ve grown a lot, we’ve got a lot of kids on the team who are real young and have grown through the game,” Folley said. “Our two seniors have done a lot. I’ve seen Carlos and Ivan work very hard to improve this season.”

Carlos and Nielsen said they have taken their role as the oldest members of the team seriously.

“I know we’ve tried to work with some of the younger guys, and just help them get into it, and they’ve done really good,” Carlos said. Nielsen said the end of high school baseball is only the beginning of a new summer season.

“We’re going to be playing a lot of ball this summer,” he said.

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