Eight isn’t enough: Moffat County baseball sweeps Coal Ridge to keep hot streak rolling | CraigDailyPress.com

Eight isn’t enough: Moffat County baseball sweeps Coal Ridge to keep hot streak rolling

Moffat County High School catcher Krece Papierski gets to his feet to throw out a Coal Ridge baserunner during a steal attempt.
Andy Bockelman

After one big week, Moffat County High School baseball is getting started on another to keep the schedule going.

Bulldogs moved to 10-8 Tuesday in the team’s final home games of the spring during a doubleheader against Coal Ridge, defeating the Titans 6-5 and 8-5 to mark eight straight wins in a row.

Following the previous week’s sweeps of Gunnison and Middle Park on the road, plus Saturday at home against Aspen for Senior Night, MoCo was primed for another pristine performance.

“Great team win today,” Moffat County coach Brian Jennings said.

Jennings noted that the Titans offered a defensive challenge that the home squad was able to counter at the exact right times, often under extreme pressure at the plate as batters got it done with smart placement.

“Timely hitting was the name of the game today, a lot of two-out hits,” he said.

Bulldogs move into third place within the 3A Western Slope League, overtaking Roaring Fork within conference standings, now standing behind Delta — the Panthers officially the league champions — and runner-up Cedaredge.

There’s still more to come for the Dogs, whose multiple rescheduled games takes them to Basalt Thursday for another set of games, followed by this weekend in Cedaredge.

Still more could be in store with the right results — Moffat County baseball has been sitting in the mid-40s of the Ratings Percentage Index chart used by Colorado High School Activities Association to determine postseason teams.

The top 32 will move into the playoffs, and the games against the Longhorns and Bruins — particularly the latter — will all be crucial to get the Dogs into the mix.

“I keep telling them, keep doing what you’re doing, we’re gonna win ball games,” Jennings said.

Catcher Krece Papierski noted that in each instance in the past week, a good first round has set the stage for a bigger win.

So, starting strong will be key.

“Confidence is flowing right now. We’re just bringing the same mindset we’ve had that’s gotten us eight in a row,” he said. “Now we can make it 10 in a row.”



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