5 more Moffat County athletes named all-league
Despite missing out on the playoffs, some Moffat County spring sports athletes left strong impressions on their opponents.
Five athletes earned All-Western Slope League from the MCHS baseball and girls soccer teams, as voted on by the coaches in the league. Coaches can’t vote for their own players, so the all-league teams are a reflection of the players who did the most damage during the regular season.
From the girls soccer team, Delaney Baker was honored as a Western Slope League first team member. As a defender during the 2013 season Baker scored just one goal, but in 2014 she was a star across the field for the Bulldogs.
When she stepped in on offense, Baker was a dominant scorer, burying 12 goals and three assists on the season. Those numbers are more impressive because Baker spent several games in goal this season, with no chance of scoring, after starting goalie Hannah Walker was injured.
“Delaney, she filled multiple roles this year,” coach Harry Tripp said. “Goalie, defense, midfield, forward. She contributed hugely to the team this year. Every time I put her in goal, she didn’t complain because she knew it needed to be done.”
Senior Allie Ehlers was an honorable mention pick for the WSL. Ehlers led Moffat County in goals for the second straight season, scoring 15 this year to surpass her mark of 14 a season ago. She also took every free kick and corner kick for the Bulldogs with her ability to place the ball well and shoot from afar.
“We’re going to miss that from her next year,” Tripp said. “Hopefully Delaney can step into that role, because that was valuable.”
The Moffat County baseball team placed sixth in the 3A WSL but still had three members earn end-of-season honors. Colton Yoast was a first-team selection while Sheldon Greenwood and Brett Loyd were honorable-mention picks.
Yoast was Moffat County’s most consistent hitter, finishing with a .471 batting average and leading the team in home runs.
“Really he was an offensive leader for us,” coach Justin Folley said. “As a three hitter, it was a little unorthodox for him to have more runs scored than RBIs, but that shows his quality at bats and that he was getting on base.”
Greenwood was Moffat County’s top starting pitcher and got the win in five of Moffat County’s six wins on the season.
“I really liked Sheldon as a senior leader, being on the mound for us every week, competing for us,” Folley said. “He goes out and competes, every pitch, every at-bat. Without him on the mound, it would’ve been a very different season.”
In his sophomore season, Loyd was thrown into the most demanding defensive position at shortstop and performed well for the Bulldogs, also finishing with a .333 average.
“He kind of got thrown in at short out of nowhere,” Folley said. “It was a new position for him but he did a good job back there. And at times he struggled offensively for us but he worked on his swing and turned things around toward the end of the year.”
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