April 9, 2012
Ivan Nielsen, a Moffat County High School senior, became a starting pitcher for the first time in his high school career this season for the MCHS varsity baseball team. Nielsen said being a starting pitcher puts all the pressure on his shoulders, but he feels he put the work in so his team can rely on him.
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Ivan Nielsen likes pressure on his shoulders. Whether at first base, on the mound or at the plate, Nielsen, a Moffat County High School senior, wants his varsity baseball teammates to rely on him. And, the reliance has never been more important than this season for Nielsen, as he is one of two seniors for the Bulldogs and made the step up from relief pitcher to starting ace. “As a pitcher, no matter what, you are involved in every play and you run the pace of the game,” Nielsen said. “Fast or slow, it is your decision. And, your teammates back you and rely on you, so you have to have that can-win attitude.”