Colton Yoast hit a solo home run in the first game of Moffat County's doubleheader at Coal Ridge on Saturday, and the Bulldogs held an early lead in both games. However, they couldn't hold on and lost, 10-5 and 14-6, falling out of playoff contention in the process.

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Colton Yoast hit a solo home run in the first game of Moffat County's doubleheader at Coal Ridge on Saturday, and the Bulldogs held an early lead in both games. However, they couldn't hold on and lost, 10-5 and 14-6, falling out of playoff contention in the process.

Moffat County baseball loses leads at Coal Ridge

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The bats came alive for Moffat County on Saturday, but the Bulldogs couldn’t keep their opponents off the scoreboard in two more losses.

The Bulldogs visited Coal Ridge in New Castle on Saturday for a key Western Slope League doubleheader and took a lead in each game against the Titans, but Moffat County couldn’t hold on in 10-5 and 14-6 losses. Once again, the Bulldogs played better baseball than they did at the beginning of their current losing streak, but some of the same problems popped up at the wrong times and cost them.

In Game 1 of the doubleheader, the Bulldogs took a 5-0 performance into the fifth inning. Colton Yoast hit a solo home run and Tyler Jenkins cracked a two-run homer to put runs on the board, while Sheldon Greenwood was tough through four innings.

But problems cropped up all at once in the bottom of the fifth inning for Moffat County as part of a seven-run frame for the Titans. Greenwood gave up a couple of walks and a triple to start the inning, and errors followed that helped Coal Ridge turn it into a big inning.

“It was a little bit of both them hitting and us making mistakes,” coach Justin Folley said. “We were swinging the bats well, very well. We couldn’t tie a few more (runs) together, and once we started to struggle, the whole field kind of fell apart.”

Coal Ridge tacked on three more runs in the sixth to provide the final margin.

In the second game, Moffat County’s bats came out strong again, scoring three runs in the top of the first inning. But the Titans responded immediately this time, scoring four of their own and hitting the ball hard.

“They got a couple hits, we made some errors and mental mistakes,” Folley said. “Pretty much after that, they just kept hitting the ball.”

Moffat County cut down on its strikeouts and was better batting throughout the doubleheader but still came up short.

“We had good at-bats today and had some guys hit the ball pretty well,” Folley said. “We didn’t have the strikeouts like we have been. Their guys were throwing strikes and making the routine plays. We didn’t do that enough.”

The teams entered Saturday with Coal Ridge in fifth and Moffat County in sixth in the Western Slope League, battling for the final playoff spot in the league. With two wins, the Bulldogs would have been in control of their playoff destiny, while a split would have kept their chances alive. But with two games to play, losing both to the Titans brought Moffat’s playoff hopes to an end.

Contact Nate Waggenspack at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@CraigDailyPress.com.. Follow him on Twitter at @CDP_Sports.

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