Moffat County’s baseball team again split a doubleheader while playing Gunnison on Saturday.
The Bulldogs, now 4-5 this season, typically have looked like a different team from one game to the next. And Saturday was no different.
Moffat County lost 13-3 before coming back and winning 15-3 in the second matchup.
Coach Justin Folley said he had Bubba Ivers pitch the second game instead of the first in an effort to mix it up and maybe get two wins. But the Bulldogs struggled against Gunnison’s pitching and made a couple defensive mistakes to hurt their cause.
“I don’t want to say our defense cost us the game because there was plenty of other stuff that hurt us,” Folley said. “But those mistakes happened and opened up some big innings for them.”
In the second game, it was a mirror performance of the first. Moffat County’s bats came to life, and the defense stood tall. Ivers pitched well but walked more batters than he has in the past. When runners were on base, they were taken care of by good defense, Folley said.
Phillip Chadwick and Ivers each had five RBIs in the game, as the Bulldogs used more situational offense to get score runs.
“We put pressure on the defense and they made the plays,” Folley said. “We were successful on three or four squeeze bunts. My goal for this week was to do more of that kind of stuff. The guys stepped up and bought in to what we were doing.”
Folley said Gunnison was one of the better teams the Bulldogs have played this season, but that didn’t excuse the inconsistency between the two games.
“It’s amazing to see a team that can get their behinds whooped one game and then whoop some butt the next game,” he said. “It should not matter who’s on the mound. We’ve got other guys that throw strikes" besides Ivers.
The Bulldogs now have a week off from games for Spring Break and resume play April 13 against Cedaredge in Craig.
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