With the first two weeks of the season gone, Moffat County baseball has gotten off to a nice start, but the team is looking for more than just a good early season story.
After one home and one away doubleheader the Bulldogs are 3-1 this season, a solid start to build off of the rest of the way. However, they’ve seen plenty that the team can work on to keep its winning ways going.
“We played good defense in the first game" against Olathe, said Sheldon Greenwood about the team’s most recent matchup, a split against the Pirates. “In the second, it wasn’t there. If we just come out and play like (the first game) then we’ll be fine. That was some of the best baseball I’ve seen this team play since I’ve been here.”
Coach Justin Folley has liked the team’s commitment to learning and each other during practice so far.
“They’ve done pretty well working as a team,” he said. “Coming ready every day, guys picking each other up, that kind of stuff. Now what I want to see is the growth over the course of the season, instead of just getting to a certain level and staying there.”
Last season, Moffat County frequently split doubleheaders with teams, dominating one game and losing big in the other, and the team couldn’t gain any traction in the Western Slope League standings. That was what the Bulldogs did again Saturday, winning and then losing by run rule in five innings against Olathe.
“I think we need to keep up our energy,” Greenwood said. “We played great in the first game and then I’m not sure we had the drive to win. You know, everybody was a little more tired, it was cold. We’ve got to come out strong for both games.”
Folley wants to see the Bulldogs get in the habit of playing competitive baseball for both games, and hopefully pick up wins in pairs like they did against Aspen to start the season. Their next chance to do so will come against Grand Valley on Saturday in Parachute. Folley sees a matchup between similar teams ahead, meaning fundamental baseball will be a difference-maker.
“They’re going to be a solid team,” he said. “Last year, they beat us on a squeeze bunt in the seventh, so I know they work on small-ball and they can put the ball in play. So like we’ve talked about, the defense is going to be big.”
Contact Nate Waggenspack at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@CraigDailyPress.com.