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Bulldogs split doubleheader against Eagle Valley

The Moffat County High School boys varsity baseball team's first win of the season Saturday had the Bulldogs riding a wave of momentum.

What followed, however, wasn't as pleasant.

The Bulldogs (1-4 overall, 1-1 Western Slope League) won a hard fought battle in their first of two games against Eagle Valley High School, scoring six runs in extra innings for the victory, 15-9.

In the second game, head coach Justin Folley said he expected his team to ride the excitement to another win.

The team took an early lead, but Eagle Valley got the best of the Bulldogs late and won a slugfest, 27-16.

"After the first game, the guys were pumped," Folley said. "We took a 4-1 lead and I thought we had it in the bag, but we let them back in.

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"We let Eagle Valley take control of the game and it cost us."

Ben Williams, a Hayden High School senior, started at pitcher for the first game.

After seven innings, the score was tied 9-9, and Williams stayed in.

"Ben had a fantastic day," Folley said. "He pitched the most balls he probably ever will in a high school game, but he dug deep and buckled down."

Williams threw 140 pitches in nine innings while also having a productive day at the plate.

The senior went 4-for-5, hitting a triple, a double and two home runs on his way to six runs batted in.

Folley said the first win was a big one.

"We had to battle from behind and we played great in extra innings," he said. "Any time we can get 15 runs in a game is fantastic and a real boost to our offense."

MCHS sophomore Bubba Ivers, Folley said, had a career day on both offense and defense.

Ivers went 4-for-6 at the plate and hit for the cycle — a single, double, triple and home run.

Ivers also played catcher for the first time in his career.

"Carlos (Maldonado) hurt his back, so we had to fill the catcher position and Bubba stepped up in the first game," Folley said. "For never playing the position before, he did a great job."

Folley said pitching struggles caused his defense to fall asleep in the second game.

Ivers started the second game at pitcher and four different pitchers were used throughout.

"Our pitchers struggled walking guys, and that got our defense on their heels," Folley said. "The guys made mistakes, not just physical, but mental too."

The Bulldogs will have some time off for spring break before their next game April 14 at Rangely High School.

Folley said it was great to see the offensive explosion before the break.

"We hit balls well and worked them to the opposite field," he said. "We moved runners aggressively and capitalized on mistakes."

Moving forward, Folley said work needs to be done on defense.

"Repetition, reading balls and not getting on our heels is what is most important," he said. "The guys need to expect that every pitch will come to them."

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Results from the Moffat County High School varsity baseball team’s games Saturday at Eagle Valley High School:

Game 1:

• Moffat County — 15

• Eagle Valley — 9

Game 2:

• Moffat County — 16

• Eagle Valley — 27

Top individual performers:

(Name — hits — RBIs)

• Bubba Ivers — 8 — 4

• Ben Williams — 5 — 6

• Dylon Camilletti — 4 — 0