Legion team advances to state tourney
The Moffat County Legion Post 62 B-team won four games in two days to stave off elimination and advance to the state tournament.
“In that position, people get nervous,” coach Bob Satterwhite said. “I didn’t see a bit of that in the guys.”
The Bulldogs lost to Thomas Jefferson Brown Post 1 Friday but after wins against Denver East Post 1 and Woodland Park Post 1980, met back up with TJ Brown with a state berth on the line.
Down 5-1 in the fourth inning, the Bulldogs scored five runs in the bottom half of the inning, led by a Josh Satterwhite solo homerun and an Anthony Flores two-run double.
Trailing once again in the bottom of the sixth, 8-6, the Bulldogs scored three runs on a two-run homerun by Bryan Richards and Satterwhite’s second solo homerun of the game.
Coach Satterwhite said the difference from the first contest with TJ Brown was the way the team hit.
“When our sticks get going, we just pound the ball,” he said. “When (Josh Satterwhite and Richards) hit like this, we’re tough to beat.”
With a state berth already assured, the Bulldogs faced Evergreen, a team that beat them twice during the regular season.
Kyle Sorensen got the scoring going with a two-run homerun in the second followed by an Anthony Flores solo homerun.
The big scoring came in the fourth inning when Bryan Wojtkiewicz singled and Brad Grinstead doubled. Evergreen decided to intentionally walk Bryan Richards so they could face Josh Satterwhite, despite his two homers against TJ Brown earlier in the day.
Evergreen’s move didn’t pay off, and Satterwhite belted his third homerun of the day — a grand slam.
Grinstead and Satterwhite each added two-run doubles in the fourth inning and the Bulldogs went on to win 13-12.
Coach Satterwhite said one of the reasons the Bulldogs were able to beat Evergreen this time around was because he and the Bulldogs got to see Evergreen play four games in the tournament.
“We felt more comfortable knowing what we were up against going in,” he said.
Coach Satterwhite also said the team adapted well when things went wrong.
The Bulldogs were forced to play without starting shortstop Chris Winder or starting catcher Jordan Williams, who both suffered injuries earlier in the tournament.
Satterwhite was forced to use Sorensen at catcher and the left-handed Grinstead at shortstop.
“Every game of baseball you play you get better,” he said. “The nice thing about these guys is they play good, hard ball.”
Satterwhite also commended Williams for his toughness.
Despite having his knee twisted in a collision at home plate, the sophomore-to-be still wanted to play.
“He went out and caught two more games (after the injury),” Satterwhite said. “He could barely walk to first.”
Satterwhite said Winder will be fine, but was unsure if Williams would be able to play in the state tournament.
The Bulldogs will take on Evergreen at 5 p.m. today for the regional championship.
The winner of the game will most likely get the No. 1 seed heading into the state tournament in Eaton — a tournament Satterwhite feels good about.
“Right now we’re peaking with our hitting,” he said. “I can’t tell you how the state tournament will turn out, but I do know we’ve got a real good chance to compete.”
Luke Graham can be reached at 824-7031 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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