Swinging in the rain
April 28, 2005
Scott Parker enjoys his time as Moffat County baseball coach, but if one day that doesn’t work out, a stint as a motivational speaker could.
The evidence of a future career possibility was there Thursday in his team’s 21-2 win against Battle Mountain. During the top of the first inning his team trailed 2-0 when he went out and gathered the infield at the mound for a little talk.
After the discussion, his team turned it around.
For those keeping score at home it went: Before the speech, Battle Mountain 2, Moffat 0; after the speech, Battle Mountain 0, Moffat 21.
“We need to be focused on all the aspects of the game at this point in the season,” Parker said.
“I didn’t feel like we were focused, so I went out and talked to them.”
In a game was close to rainout status throughout, the Bulldogs tried to make as quick of work of the Huskies as they could. Fourteen Bulldogs scored against four Husky pitchers in the 4 1/2-inning game.
Senior Erik Griffin opened the game on the mound for Moffat and gave up three hits and two runs in the first inning.
“It took me awhile to get my rhythm,” he said. “I left some up in the zone, and they hit them hard.”
Griffin settled down to throw two scoreless innings after the first.
Senior Jared Lowther started the offensive onslaught with a leadoff solo home run in the first inning.
It was the first time a Bulldog hit the ball over the “Black Mamba” in left field. Lowther was 3-for-4, with three runs, and was a double away from the cycle. The Bulldogs went scored five in the first to take the 5-2 lead.
From the bottom of the first on, it was a race for the Bulldogs to get the game in before the rain came. A high school baseball game has to go 4 1/2 innings before it can be official.
The Bulldogs scored eight runs in the bottom of the second off of six hits and two Husky errors.
That’s when the Bulldog reserves star-ted to enter the lineup.
By the bottom of the third inning, the Bulldog bench was cleared.
“We’re young and we’re deep,” Parker said.
“That was good to see everybody out there today.”
Junior Kyle Sorensen came in to pitch in the top of the fourth. In two scoreless innings of work, he struck out three and allowed one walk.
“Sorensen pitched with more confidence than we’ve seen before,” Parker said.
Moffat added two runs in the third and six in the fourth for their final of 21.
In two games this season the Bulldogs out-scored the Huskies 50-2.
Griffin agreed that it was better to play a team such as the 0-17 Huskies than a 13-1 Delta squad on a cold and hard-to-focus day like Thursday.
“You don’t have to worry about location as much,” he said.
With a win Thursday and a Glenwood loss to Rifle, 8-3, on Tuesday, Moffat is tied with the Demons in the Western Slope League Standings at 7-5.
Four playoff spots are available for the WSL with Delta and Rifle already wrapping up the first two.
Moffat, Palisade and Glen-wood are in the running for the final two spots going into this weekend.
Palisade and Glenwood are going to settle their differences against each other this weekend. Glenwood can split with Palisade to move on in the post season.
Moffat, 7-5, faces 3-9 Eagle Valley on Saturday.
Yes, the Devils did give Delta its only WSL loss of the season, but other than that, the E.V. has struggled.
The doubleheader is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. at the Craig Middle School field.
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