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Bats come alive against Sailors

MCHS wins home opener, 15-7

Ben Bulkeley

Austin Sadvar, No. 17, a Moffat County High School senior, chest bumps Halen Raymond after Sadvar hit his first home run of the season Tuesday against visiting Steamboat Springs High School at Craig Middle School. The Bulldogs went on the win their home opener, 15-7.

Austin Sadvar has hit home runs before.

In little league and summer league, the Moffat County High School senior has been able to clear the fence.

The only time the first baseman/designated hitter had not been able to mash one was during the regular season.

Until Tuesday.

Playing at home against Steamboat Springs High School, Sadvar was able to go yard to help MCHS win its home opener, 15-7.

"It's cool," Sadvar said about his solo shot. "It wasn't a huge deal because I had hit one before, but it was pretty cool."

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Sadvar swung at the offering from Steamboat Springs' Tyler Braun and launched the pitch several yards beyond the centerfield fence.

With timely hitting, the Bulldogs (4-2 overall, 2-1 in the Western Slope League) were able to win behind starter Ben Williams' five plus innings.

Manager Justin Folley said that while the defensive play was sloppy at times, it was still a good way to show off the new field at Craig Middle School.

"It felt good to have a game," he said. "Once we got in, they played well, but we kept letting Steamboat get back into it."

Moffat County and Steamboat (2-11 overall, 1-7 in the WSL) went back and forth in the Bulldogs first game since the March 20 Montrose tournament.

The Bulldogs wasted little time in getting on the board, as leadoff hitter Dylon Camilletti reached on an error in the bottom of the first inning and scored two stolen bases and a passed ball later.

Nathan Hill also would score in the inning to give MCHS a 2-0 advantage.

Steamboat's Matt Watwood quickly cut into that lead with a booming home run to lead off the second inning.

A pair of runs off Williams in the third gave the Sailors a 3-2 advantage, but MCHS was able to plate two runs in the fourth to earn a 4-3 lead, setting up Sadvar's blast to start the three-run fifth.

Steamboat refused to go away, and scored three runs in the top of the sixth to tighten the score to 7-6 in favor of MCHS.

Halen Raymond followed Sadvar's lead, and hit a first pitch home run in the sixth inning that not only cleared the fence, but clanked off the top of a truck sitting in centerfield.

The Bulldogs put up another seven runs following Raymond's blast to extend their lead to 15-6.

Mark Doolin was able to cool off the Sailors' bats and collect the last five outs to preserve Williams' win.

Folley said Williams pitched well despite cold temperatures, sporadic snow and constant wind.

"He left one pitch up," he said. "But a solo home run is a lot better than a four-run shot.

"He definitely pitched well enough to win."

But at the end of the day, it was the bats that pushed the Bulldogs up in the win column.

"The bats came alive today," Folley said. "That won us the ball game."

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