‘Dogs baseball starts season with hot bats
Montrose — Revenge was sweet for the Moffat County High School baseball team in its first game of the season.
The Bulldogs beat Montrose, 12-8, in a game that was a little less than a year after the Indians ended MCHS’ season in the ’02 playoffs.
“For the guys, it was nice to go down to Montrose’s house and get the win since they knocked them out last year,” said first-year coach Scott Parker. “Since we’ve only been outside once before this, it was a nice start.”
MCHS didn’t take long to break in the bats with three runs in the first inning and four in the second. In the second, Jerod Estey hit a bases-loaded double to clear the bases and give the Bulldogs a 7-4 lead.
The Indians tied it up in the bottom of the fourth, 7-7, with two runs. After putting up goose eggs in the third, fourth and fifth innings, the Bulldogs scored two in the sixth. The Indians got a solo home run from Jacob Palmer in the bottom of the sixth to make the score 9-8 in favor of the visiting Bulldogs.
In the seventh, Jon Bugay answered Palmer’s shot with an “anything-you-can-do-I-can-do-better” two-run homer.
In all, the Bulldogs had seven players get a hit. Estey went four-for-four with four doubles and six runs batted in and Jason Mosher was three-for-four with four runs scored.
“Normally the beginning of the season has lower scores because the pitchers start out ahead of the bats,” Parker said. “But we swung the bats well tonight and while we gave up eight runs, it was a good start.”
Bugay made the start on the mound for MCHS and went the first two innings. Eric Bastow pitched the third inning and Estey pitched the final four to pick up the win.
“I didn’t want to give them too many innings since we have three games this weekend,” Parker said. “They’ll be ready to go more this weekend.”
Parker said the pitching staff will be supplemented by Joe Padon, who is still getting adjusted after finishing with basketball.
“For it being the first time out, we played well in all phases of the game,” Parker said. “To get 12 runs in the first game of the season, I was pretty pleased.”
The Bulldogs will travel to Delta Friday and Saturday to play in the Delta Tournament.
David Pressgrove can be reached at 824-7031 or email@example.com.
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