MCHS baseball goes 1-1 in final day of Montrose Tournament
March 19, 2012
Results from the Moffat County High School varsity baseball team’s game Saturday against Paonia High School during the Montrose Tournament:
• Moffat County — 8
• Paonia — 5
MCHS batting statistics:
(Name — hits — RBI)
• Carlos Maldonado — 2 — 2
• Colton Yoast — 3 — 1
• Sheldon Greenwood — 2 — 1
Results from the Moffat County High School varsity baseball team’s game Saturday against Montrose High School during the Montrose Tournament:
• Moffat County — 2
• Montrose — 25
MCHS batting statistics:
(Name — hits — RBI)
• Wyatt Oberwitte — 1 — 2
• Trevor Kroese — 2 — 0
• Carlos Maldonado — 1 — 0
The Moffat County High School varsity baseball team gave two very different performances Saturday on the second day of the Montrose Tournament.
In the first game against Paonia High School, the Bulldogs rode strong pitching and clutch hitting to an 8-5 victory.
However, in the second game against Montrose, the Bulldogs' lack of depth at pitcher opened the door for Montrose's powerful offense in a 25-2 loss.
The Bulldogs wrapped up the opening weekend with a 1-2 record.
"We are light at the pitching position, so we struggled to slow Montrose's offense," head coach Justin Folley said. "We usually don't play three games this close together, so I think if we keep working on developing some of the younger players, we will be OK."
Against Paonia, the Bulldogs got in an early 3-0 hole after the top of the first inning, but the team tied the game, 5-5, after the second before pulling away.
The MCHS defense finished with five errors, three of which came in the first inning.
Folley said it's tough to overcome a slow start, but his players never quit.
"We are still making some physical mistakes, but we bounced back after one and didn't have three or four in a row like (Friday)," he said. "When we would make an error, we would make a great play on the next chance and we let it go. We have to forget the past and go for it on every play."
Senior Ivan Nielsen threw a complete game, staying in for all seven innings.
"The defense let Ivan down in the first inning, but he knows what he has to do when he is on the mound," Folley said. "If there was a mistake, he would follow it up with a strike. He is calm and collected and did a great job on the mound (Saturday)."
Senior Carlos Maldonado finished the game 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs and sophomore Colton Yoast went 3-for-3 with one RBI.
Folley said the Bulldogs made adjustments at the plate after struggling Friday.
"We still made a few mistakes at the plate, but I saw a lot of good things," he said. "We got our (sacrifice) bunts down and we were moving guys around the bases. We were aggressive in base running and forced (Paonia) to make the mistakes."
Junior Wyatt Oberwitte started on the mound against Montrose, but walked three batters in a row in the first inning before being pulled.
Folley said after Nielsen and junior Bubba Ivers as the one-two punch on the mound, the Bulldogs need some work at the pitching position.
"Oberwitte got a ground out in two pitches on the first guy, but then wasn't close to the base (in his three walks)," he said. "He needs to work on his mechanics, but I think we will get him back focused. But after him, we had some guys who haven't pitched in a long time and Montrose is a powerhouse and any strike they hit hard."
Oberwitte batted in two runs and junior Trevor Kroese went 2-for-3 at the plate against the Indians.
Folley said the Bulldogs struck out 13 times against Montrose and still need to work at being more aggressive against pitchers.
"(Montrose) had a kid who threw a lot of strikes and had a good curve ball," he said. "Their defense made a couple of mistakes, which is how we scored, so it was nice to see us capitalize on that. But, we need to work on swinging the bat on the first pitch and not just waiting."
As the Bulldogs prepare for a doubleheader against Battle Mountain this weekend, Folley said the players would continue to build on what they did right in Montrose.
"We definitely have a lot to work on, but I was amazed at how far they came in three weeks," he said. "There were a lot of things they couldn't get until they were in a game and they are back in the flow of the way things work."
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