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Moffat County baseball vs. Rifle cut short Saturday

Bulldog defense struggles in 30-6 game

Moffat County High School's Brett Loyd gets ready to release the ball while pitching in the Bulldogs' Saturday varsity game against Rifle. Moffat County lost, 30-6.

After five innings, Moffat County High School baseball coach Justin Folley decided it was time to make the call to end things early in the hopes that his players won't see as big a number on the visitors' side of the scoreboard as they did Saturday.

MCHS lost, 30-6, in a home game with Rifle that got out of hand quickly.

"I don't think I've ever seen that many runs in one game," Folley said.

Down 4-2 after one inning of play, the Bulldogs started slipping with a home run by Rifle's Bryer Rew that drove in three of the inning's 10 runs, the Bears going through the entire rotation and giving fielders a workout.

A scoreless third on both sides looked like things were evening out for pitcher Brett Loyd, third on the mound after starter Spencer Turner and Adain Wilmot. However, the bases began to get occupied, and Drake Montgomery got his bat behind it at just the right moment for a grand slam.

By the time the dust cleared, Rifle was ahead, 20-3.

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A sacrifice fly ball by Santiago Aragon to bring in Matt Hamilton constituted the only run for Moffat County in the fourth inning, leading to a fifth that saw constant change in pitching, Loyd coming off after two walks, a single and a bean ball.

Folley said Loyd was recovering from stitches on his fingers that threw off his game.

Reliever Phillip Chadwick struggled to keep it over the plate, and the score kept escalating before Hugo Hernandez was able to close.

Wilmot and Hernandez burned up the base paths in the final portion of the game, with a single by Josh Turner sending the two home for the last score of the day.

The Bulldogs finished with five total hits and nine errors to the Bears' 21 hits and nine errors.

"Our hitting was a lot better than it was earlier this week," Folley noted.

The team also played Thursday in Rangely, winning an eight-inning game, 10-8, coming back from a 6-2 opening inning. Hamilton, Josh Turner and Loyd all pitched against the Panthers.

"We went through almost our whole staff this week," Folley said.

Folley said the infield has had difficulty syncing up, evidenced by many pop-ups that hit the ground unclaimed, though he accepts part of the blame for the problem.

The Bulldogs varsity team, now 3-6 overall and 2-4 in the Western Slope League, has a full week coming — Grand Valley on the road Tuesday, Steamboat Springs at home Wednesday and a doubleheader Saturday with Basalt back at the Craig Middle School field.

"These kids have got the talent, we just need to help them find it," Folley said.

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

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