Bears sweep Bulldogs
When two teams know each other as well as the Moffat County Legion Post 62 team and the Rifle Bears, it’s the little things that determine the outcome.
“As much as we play them, you get to know their team,” Bulldogs coach Bob Satterwhite said. “We’re so evenly matched, whoever makes the mistakes loses.”
Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, they were the team that made those mistakes in Wednesday night’s 6-4 loss.
The Bulldogs committed three errors in the field leading to three unearned runs.
Moffat struggled from the start, giving up three runs in the first inning. Starting pitcher Bryan Wojtkiewicz said he struggled to settle down.
“I was pretty excited,” he said. “I just couldn’t establish my fastball.”
Satterwhite agreed. “He was overly excited about pitching,” he said. “Woj is a finesse pitcher. When he tries throwing too hard his pitches flatten out.”
It wasn’t all bad news for the Bulldogs. Josh Satterwhite and Bryan Richards hit solo homers. Billy Ivy also had a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the third to tie up the game.
Along with the mistakes in the field, coach Satterwhite said untimely hitting led to the loss.
“We just didn’t get enough hits,” he said.
The Bulldogs’ hitters had to face Brandon Leuallen, a first-team all-conference selection a year ago.
“(Leuallen) pitches like that every time out,” Rifle coach Troy Phillips said. “You can’t ask anymore out of a pitcher.”
Although the Bulldogs touched Leuallen for four runs, the defense behind him was stellar the whole game.
“(The defense) has been like that for most of the year,” Phillips said. “The most errors we’ve had in a game this year is two or three.”
Despite the loss, both coach Satterwhite and Wojtkiewicz said the game will prepare them for next year.
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