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JV baseball group finds success

Chris Winder has been playing baseball with the same guys almost all of his life, and success has followed them.

It was much of the same for the Moffat County freshman and his boys this year who played on JV baseball.

“We know each other’s strengths and weaknesses,” he said. “I’ve pretty much played with all of them since I can remember.”

The JV team finished the season 13-4.

“We really only had one loss to a JV team,” coach Rich Sadvar said. “When we had our full squad we were solid.”

Sadvar said the team’s best win was against the Rangely varsity team.

“We defeated them, 20-15, but it wasn’t that close,” he said. “Rangely was first in its league at that time, and we handed it to them.”

With three seniors, the Bulldogs are young at the varsity and JV levels.

Some of the JV guys could have found varsity spots on some of the other Western Slope League teams.

“There will be some guys who will stay at JV who are varsity-level players next year,” Sadvar said. “The freshmen and sophomores have played a lot of Triple Crown and summer ball. That’s why they’re where they’re at.”

With more than 50 games scheduled for summer ball, there will be ample opportunity for the younger guys to improve.

“Their bats are solid,” Sadvar said. “Fielding could use some work, but there are always going to be holes that can be improved on.”

Winder said he thought it would be important for the crew that has stuck together since Little League to keep on keepin’ on.

“We need to stay and work together,” he said.

A JV baseball team doesn’t have too many of its own practices because the varsity practices at the same time. Sadvar said the summer would allow for more individual attention.

“There are situations where you assume the guys know what to do but you haven’t practiced it,” he said. “The summer is for those situations, as well as fixing things that can’t be done during the season.”

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