Delta dumps ‘Dogs in doubleheader
For seven innings, the Moffat County baseball team matched Delta, the preseason favorite team in the Western Slope League, but it wasn’t enough.
The Panthers eked out a 4-3 win in the first game then poured it on the dispirited Bulldogs, 13-2, in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday.
“(Delta) had one more break than us in the first game,” coach Scott Parker said. “We win that first one — who knows what would have happened?”
The Panthers scored three un–earned runs with two outs in the first inning of the opening game.
Moffat chipped at the lead, with RBI from Kyle Sorensen in the second, Reid Hanneman in the third and Brian Berhman in the fifth. Berhman’s RBI tied the game at 3.
In the fifth, Brad Grinstead came to bat with the bases loaded, but he lined out to the center fielder.
“Ten feet either way and that clears the bases,” Parker said.
Bulldog pitcher Bryan Wojtkie-wicz allowed one earned run the whole game; unfortunately for the junior, it was the game winner in the bottom of the fifth.
“Woj is establishing himself as an ace,” Parker said. “He went toe-to-toe with one of the most publicized lineups in the state.”
Wojtkiewicz struck out six and gave up five hits in his complete-game effort.
During the second game, Delta jumped on sophomore pitcher Bry-an Richards for five runs in the first inning, and Moffat was never in the game.
“They carried the loss into the second game,” Parker said. “We’re still dealing with high schoolers here, and they were thinking too much.”
Delta was undefeated last year in the WSL, and the No. 7 team in Class 4A has beaten Rifle, Glenwood Springs and Moffat by an average of 13 runs in three games.
The Bulldogs won’t have a chance to avenge their losses unless it’s in the playoffs.
“(The scheduling) is too bad,” Parker said. “I would be confi-de-nt if we met them again.”
The Bulldogs have a week to work on what didn’t work against Delta. Their game with Battle Mountain on Tuesday has been rescheduled for April 28.
“Overall, we’re doing a lot of things right,” Parker said.
“But we need to work on some batting fundamentals. This isn’t a week off, it’s a week of work.”
Delta improved to 5-2 overall and 4-0 in the WSL.
The Bulldogs are 3-3 overall and 0-2 in the WSL.
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