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Bulldogs lose to the Knights

American Legion baseball ends season with Game 2 loss in tournament

Ben Bulkeley

The last time the Moffat County American Legion Post 62 baseball team faced Eagle Valley’s Jack Barbella, the result was a hitting coach’s nightmare.

Complete game shutout, one hit allowed, 15 strikeouts.

On Friday, in the second game of the American Legion baseball’s season-ending tournament, Moffat County did better against Barbella, but the result was the same.

The Bulldogs lost, 9-6, and their season ended in Denver at the hands of their division rival Knights.

Although he wished his team had gone further into the tournament, coach Justin Folley said he wasn’t disappointed with how the season ended.

“We faced (Barbella) before, and we knew what to expect,” he said. “He pitched really well against us the last time we faced him, so I was glad to see us score a couple runs.”

Moffat County jumped to a 1-0 lead in the first inning, and starter Mark Doolin pitched well for the first couple of innings, Folley said.

“In the third inning, he allowed some walks, and they came back to hurt him,” he said. “So I brought in Halen Raymond, and he pitched well. He only allowed two runs (in four innings).”

With Eagle Valley leading, 9-3, in the seventh, the Bulldogs’ bats came alive.

“We started to come back,” Folley said. “We started to compete. They showed a lot of heart, and it says something for our team to come back like they did.

“It stings, because I thought we would have been more competitive, but they hung in there.”

Kulen Turner was the offensive star for the day, with a double against Barbella.

With Thursday’s 13-3 loss to Woodland Park, the Bulldogs ended their summer season with a record of 18-6, which has Folley feeling confident for next year’s high school season.

“We’re a young team,” he said. “All of the guys will come back next year, and they know we can compete with all of these teams.”

The team’s July 11 victory against Palisade’s “A” team – the top-ranked team in the American Legion’s Mountain Division – showed his team they could compete with the top-tier teams, Folley said.

“Now, hopefully, we’ll have everybody back and healthy for next season,” he said. “And get back on the map.”

Ben Bulkeley can be reached at 875-1795 or bbulkeley@craigdailypress.com.

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