Top performers at Olathe
Trevor Kroese 2-2, 2b, 2 bb, 2 runs
Bubba Ivers 3-4, 2 2b, 2 rbi
Colten Yost 2-3, rbi, run
Brett Lloyd 3-4, 2 2b, 2 runs
After a great first weekend, the games looked much uglier for the Moffat County baseball team Saturday.
The Bulldogs lost both games of a doubleheader at Olathe, 9-8 followed by a 13-5 defeat. Much of what looked great for Moffat County in a 2-0 start against Aspen on March 9 was not as strong this weekend.
Coach Justin Folley said much of the Bulldogs’ woes came from being unprepared because of limited outdoor practice time. They held an 8-2 lead in the sixth inning, but the defense committed error after error to give up five unearned runs in the inning.
“We brought Josh Pritchard in (to pitch) and he’s a pitch-to-contact guy,” Folley said. “Our defense completely feel apart. It wasn’t errors fielding the ball, like a through-the-legs grounder. We fielded the ball, then would throw it away.”
The Pirates would score two more in the bottom of the seventh inning to provide the final score.
In the second game of the day, Olathe jumped on Moffat County’s pitching early and took a 7-2 lead. The Bulldogs got to within 7-5 but again made defensive mistakes, and the Pirates took advantage to push the lead back out.
Folley called the games a “huge step back” from the way the Bulldogs played against Aspen, but he has seen plenty of encouraging signs from the team this year.
In three of the four games, Moffat County has had strong starting pitching. Bubba Ivers has 25 strikeouts in his first two starts of the season.
The offensive firepower the Bulldogs have put on display so far also has been a pleasant surprise, Folley said. With five runs being their lowest output of the season, Folley is happy with the way the team is hitting the ball.
“Offensively, we’ve been doing great,” he said. “We’ve been hitting the ball and putting runs on the board. At the beginning of the season, I thought that would be our downfall.”
Folley thinks getting more repetition outside will make a big difference toward cleaning up the errors. With the improved weather, he hopes they will be outside all week in preparation for upcoming games against Grand Valley.
Moffat County now is 2-2 in the early season and will play it’s first home games of the year this week, weather permitting. They are set to play Grand Valley at 11 a.m and 1 p.m. Saturday.
Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 970-875-1795 or firstname.lastname@example.org.