Baseball team makes Middle Park game add up |

Baseball team makes Middle Park game add up

Moffat County baseball goes on two-game winning streak

Elwood Shelton

There are a lot of fours around the Moffat County Bulldogs baseball team lately.

The team hit four doubles in Monday’s game against Middle Park. The hitting run was started by Shane Burum, the fourth batter in the line up.

The ‘Dogs scored four runs in the game, bringing the team to 4-4 for the season.

But Coach Kip Hafey was more interested a different number after Monday’s win.

“What’s going on with these one-run games?” he asked.

The Bulldogs won the game 6-5 against Granby’s Class 3A Middle Park (3-2), another strange twist on numbers, since 6-5 was the score of the two conference games Moffat County has lost this season.

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The Bulldogs jumped out to an early lead in the second inning, as Burum began his doubles hitting streak. The streak ran four batters long and incorporated most of the middle lineup: Chris Field, C.J. Rugh, and Ty Hollingsworth.

Four subsequent runs were scored off the doubles, with two more runs scored in the third inning, finishing the Bulldogs’ scoring early in the game.

The Middle Park Panthers battled the rest of the game, bringing the score within one run in the seventh inning, but never got the jump on Moffat County.

The Panther’s offense was thwarted in the afternoon by Burum, who turned in a respectable six-inning performance. The unelevated pitching mound at Woodbury Park didn’t stop Burum from recording five strike-outs, but it also wasn’t much help in dodging four earned runs.

The performance was good enough to earn the pitcher his first win of the season.

Rob Satterwhite relieved Burum in the seventh, after the starter missed a pick-off play at second. The throw carried into center field, allowing a runner to score.

Satterwhite then thwarted a Panther delayed attempt to steal third base, struck out the next batter, and retired the final out of the inning on a flyball to left field.

“We need these two non-conference games, they’ve really giving us a chance to regain our rhythm,” Hafey said. “Now we just need to carry some of that into conference play.”

Last night was supposed to be a chance for the Bulldogs to see if they could carry some of the two-win momentum into conference play.

The team traveled to Rifle (3-3), but the flurries in Craig were an indication of the blizzard that hit Rifle, cancelling the game. It will be rescheduled for later in the season.

Moffat County will meet the Western Slopes Conference’s (WSC) top team, Glenwood Springs (4-2) on Thursday. The Glenwood Springs Demons are a threat from both the mound and the plate.

Demon stand-out Tom Ahrens is currently hitting a solid .586 and has compiled a 1.67 ERA on the mound.

Ahrens’ statistics are an indication of what makes up the Demons’ squad.

It is questionable what is more daunting for the Bulldogs Glenwood’s WSC team-low ERA of 2.98, or the team’s conference-high batting average of .371.

“As long as the team keeps going out there relaxed, we’ll keep playing well,” Hafey said. “We have nothing to lose, so we’ve got nothing to worry about, but just getting it done.”

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