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Moffat County baseball ready to take field as 16 seed in playoffs

Bulldogs to play Lutheran in district round, could face No. 1 team Eaton

The Moffat County High School varsity baseball team lines up to recognize players during the Senior Night ceremony. The team recently qualified for the 3A playoffs and was ranked 16th in the division. They will play Lutheran Saturday during the district round of the postseason, held in Eaton.

Moffat County High School varsity baseball has made it to the postseason for the first time since 2011.

With a third-place record of 11-8 overall and 9-5 in the Western Slope League, the Bulldogs were seeded 16th in the 32-team 3A playoff brackets, released Wednesday.

Situated right in the middle of the rankings, MCHS will face the No. 17 Lutheran Lions of Parker Saturday, weather pending, in the first round of the district stage of the playoffs. Lutheran is 10-6 overall and 8-3 in the Metro League.

The teams will meet in Eaton, with the winner moving on to play the victor of the game between No. 32 Aruppe Jesuit (8-5 overall, 5-4 Frontier League) and the host school, ranked as the top team in the division.

The Eaton Reds have a perfect record of 19 wins, 14 in the 3A/2A Patriot League.

Moffat County coach Justin Folley said the situation is not unlike the last time the Bulldogs made the playoffs, then a 4A team, eliminated in the first round by top-ranked Palmer Ridge.

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The team has played consistently in the second half of this season, Folley said, winning four of their last five games, including a sweep of Roaring Fork, 5-4 and 12-2, to end the regular season this past Saturday.

"We fought our way in there, and hopefully we'll take at least one win this weekend," he said. "We'll have to see what the No. 1 team in the state has for us."

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com or follow him on Twitter @CDP_Sports.

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