Craig The Moffat County baseball team Saturday had one all-around stellar game and then a more difficult one in frosty conditions in Parachute.
The Bulldogs beat Grand Valley, 15-1, in the first game of their doubleheader, then lost 10-9 in the second game.
Bubba Ivers was on fire from the mound in the snowy first game, giving up just one hit and recording 13 strikeouts, head coach Justin Folley said. It was Ivers’ third start of the season, and he’s recorded more than 10 strikeouts in each.
In the second game, the Bulldogs came back in the fifth inning to take a 9-8 lead on the Cardinals but surrendered the tying run in the sixth and the winning run in the seventh on a squeeze bunt.
The split puts Moffat County at 3-3 on the season. Although there have been some inconsistencies for the Bulldogs, Folley said he has seen improvement. The Bulldogs committed a host of errors in two losses to Olathe last weekend, but Folley said the defense was much stronger Saturday.
“Bubba’s 13 strikeouts, that helps out our defense a lot, obviously,” Folley said about the first game. “But in the second game, the defense was much better also. There are still some mistakes, but it looked better.”
In the first game, several Bulldogs delivered on the offensive side. Ivers had a home run and three RBIs. Gabe Maldonado also brought three home. In the second, Folley said the Bulldogs’ offense came more in the form of walks and sacrificing to bring runners home.
Moffat County’s next game is a 3 p.m. Tuesday contest at Rangely High School.
Girls soccer falls at Vail Mountain
The Moffat County girls soccer team got its first goal of the season but dropped to 0-3 with a 3-1 loss at Vail Mountain on Saturday.
The Bulldogs had a 1-0 lead on Jazmine Swindler’s goal, the varsity team’s first score of the season, but surrendered three in the second half.
The next scheduled varsity game — the team’s home opener — is 4 p.m. Thursday at Woodbury Sports Complex versus Vail Christian.
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