Bulldogs sweep Eagle Valley
The Wojo Show.
It has a nice ring to it, unless you’re on the Eagle Valley baseball team.
Moffat County junior Bryan “Wojo” Wojtkiewicz put a show on from the mound Tuesday, helping the Bulldog baseball team sweep Eagle Valley, 7-6, 12-1, and clinch a third-place finish in the Western Slope League.
To lead things off, he hit a home run in the fifth inning of the first game to put his team up 7-3. Then in the seventh inning he came on in relief with a 7-5 lead, a runner on first and third, and no outs. After a ground ball through the infield made it 7-6, Wojtkiewicz earned a pop out and then a double play when senior Jared Lowther threw out a runner at third after catching a fly ball.
In the second game, Wojtkiewicz threw three scoreless innings and struck out seven as the ‘Dogs 10-run ruled the Devils.
“The save was more important because we needed at least the split to clinch third,” he said. “After that we relaxed and played ball the second game.”
Of course The Wojo Show had plenty of contributing cast members.
Sophomore Bryan Richards hit a home run in each game, raising his season total to eight, and tying him for the second most in Class 4A.
Sophomore Brad Grinstead had four RBI in the second game.
Senior Jared Lowther scored four times in the two games.
“It took us a while to get on (Eagle Valley’s pitcher, Owen Stanford) in the first game,” Moffat coach Scott Parker said. “But after that we played well.”
The Bulldogs trailed in two of the 12 innings played Tuesday. That was when Eagle Valley was up 1-0 in the first two innings of the first game.
Moffat scored one in the bottom of the third to tie it up, then had two in the fourth and then, home run king Richards made contact.
His shot over the fence in the fifth was of the three-run persuasion. He scored Brian Berhman and Lowther with his hit. Wojtkiewicz went yard in the same inning.
Richards opened up game one on the mound with three 1/3 innings. He struck out six in his effort and gave up two runs. Lowther relived him until the seventh.
In Game 2, Moffat scored in every inning of Game 2 except the fourth. Wojtkiewicz was relived of his pitching duties in the fourth by sophomore Billy Ivy. The sophomore pitched a scoreless fourth. In the fifth junior Kyle Sorensen closed by giving up one run but kept the 10-run cushion in tact.
“It was bad timing for us because we needed the wins but we wanted to save our arms for Saturday,” Parker said. “Wojo came in and got outs with a low pitch count.”
After missing the playoffs by one game last year, the Bulldogs are back in. Their 9-5 record in the WSL put them behind Rifle, 12-2, and Delta, 13-1, but ahead of the other five teams.
“We had our chances against both Delta and Rifle this year,” Parker said. “But we’re in the playoffs and we’ve got a decent spot to go play for.”
The playoffs start with a single-elimination, district tournament this weekend. The top eight seeds in the state will be the host for three other teams at their home field. The winners out of each district will then move on to the double-elimination state tournament the following weekend. Seeds and brackets will be released by the Colorado State High School Activities Association Thursday.
Amber Breslin contributed to this story.
David Pressgrove can be contacted at 824-7031 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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