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Game day at last

After weather delays, team breaks out bats for opener

Brandon Johnson

The Moffat County High School baseball team made the most of its first opportunity to take the field this year.

After having six games canceled because of weather, the Bulldogs finally got a taste of live action Saturday in a doubleheader against Delta, the two-time defending Western Slope League Champions.

In both games, the Bulldogs rode strong starting pitching and timely hitting to victory, winning the first game, 11-3, and the second game, 7-5.

Head coach Rich Sadvar said after Saturday’s games that it was nice for the team to finally take the field.

“We need to be on the grass more,” Sadvar said.

In the first game, the Bulldogs jumped out to a quick lead and never looked back.

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Senior Bryan Wojtkiewicz took the mound for the Bulldogs in the first game and gave up three runs during seven innings.

Wojtkiewicz also helped himself with a big day at the plate. He knocked in the game’s first run in the first inning with a ground ball that scored sophomore Chris Winder. He smacked a two-run home run in the fifth inning that surprised even him.

“I thought it was too high,” Wojtkiewicz said about the towering opposite-field shot.

In the second game, the Bulldogs’ hopes for sweeping the Panthers looked grim.

Other than a solo home run by Winder in the fourth inning, Delta pitcher Brandon Keller kept the Bulldogs off balance for most of the day.

But in the fifth inning, the Bulldogs mounted a two-out rally.

Junior third baseman Brad Grinstead started the rally when he slapped a two-strike breaking ball back up the middle for a base hit.

The next batter, Wojtkiewicz, hit a two-run home run to right-centerfield.

Three batters later, junior Billy Ivy hit a monster home run over the fence in left that put the Bulldogs up, 7-5.

Sadvar said it’s nice to know that his team has the power throughout the lineup to come back when they need to. “Any coach is going to like that,” Sadvar said.

Bulldog pitcher Bryan Richards kept the Panthers at bay for the rest of the game, thanks in part to a diving stop by Grinstead in the sixth inning that saved a run.

Getting seven innings out of both starters was a good way to start the season, Sadvar said.

“If your starters are going six or seven innings, you’re going to be in good shape,” he said.

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