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MCHS baseball begins season with 9-5 loss

Joshua Gordon

Carlos Maldonado, a Moffat County High School junior, practices hitting March 11 outside of Craig Middle School. The MCHS boys varsity baseball team lost its first game of the season Friday, 9-5, against Carbon (Utah) High School in the Montrose Tournament.

After a long winter, the Moffat County High School Bulldogs varsity baseball team finally got to stretch their legs on the baseball diamond Friday in Montrose.

Playing the first of three games in the Montrose Tournament, the Bulldogs fell to Carbon (Utah) High School, 9-5.

"For the first game, we did pretty well and we got a couple of big hits," coach Justin Folley said. "Our first couple of hitters were able to get on base, and that helped our offense get off to a good start."

The Bulldogs (0-1 overall) have had limited time on their home field at Craig Middle School thus far this season.

Folley said as his team gets more time outside, the little things would start to come back.

"Some of the guys had a hard time seeing the ball coming off the bat," he said. "The reaction time was a little slow, but it will improve as they work on it."

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The Bulldogs defense had only one error and starting pitcher Mark Doolin, a Hayden High School sophomore, threw 90 balls in four innings.

"We wanted to keep Doolin under 100 pitches, and we were able to do that," Folley said. "He was a little tired, but he kept us out of some jams."

The team's offense got out to a fast start, loading the bases with no outs in the first inning, but the Bulldogs weren't able to score a run.

But, MCHS wasn't without some notable offensive performances.

Hayden senior Ben Williams went 4-4 at the plate and drove in two runs. MCHS senior Dylon Camilletti, the lead off batter, was 2-4, scored twice and had a stolen base for the team.

"Dylon did exactly what we want our lead off batter to do and that is score runs," Folley said. "This was the first time the guys have faced a live pitcher, and they weren't able to capitalize on all the opportunities."

Still, Folley said he saw glimpses of brilliance during the game.

"I saw guys hitting the ball to the opposite side and we had really good base running," he said. "Some of the balls just didn't drop, but I think we will be able to work the kinks out."

Hayden senior Greg Medvesk hit a double in the game and had one run batted in.

The Bulldogs will play Emery (Utah) High School at 11 a.m. today and Montrose at 1:45 p.m.

Sophomore Bubba Ivers will start at pitcher in the first game and Williams will start against Montrose.

Folley said when the team gets home, the main concern will be defense.

"We definitely need to work on defensive drills," he said. "The guys need to work on ground balls and work on distance issues."

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