Legion team No. 3 seed in tournament
Solid hitting combined with a little help from a player who has yet to play his first high school baseball game helped the Moffat County Legion Post 62 B-team win its division tournament.
Moffat County beat Ever–green, 10-3, on Monday to capture the division tournament. It was the Bulldogs’ second win in as many days against Evergreen in the double-elimination tournament.
“The biggest strength of our team is those guys all work so hard together,” Moffat County coach Bob Satterwhite said.
The Bulldogs now move on to the state tournament. Moffat County faces Eaton at 7 p.m. Thursday at Eaton High School.
In the first game of the tournament in Evergreen, starting catcher Jordan Williams was involved in a collision at home plate. Williams played two more games but finally had to sit out games four and five of the tournament. Not a good sign going against Evergreen, who had beaten Moffat County twice during the regular season.
But the Bulldogs didn’t miss a beat when freshman Eric Leonard replaced Williams.
“(Leonard) stepped right in and played like one of the starting nine,” Satterwhite said. “That was huge. It says a lot about the young man and the team.”
Moffat County beat Ever–green, 13-12, in a thriller Sunday to force Monday’s division championship game.
Playing their seventh game in five days, the Bulldogs then defeated Evergreen, 10-3.
“Amazingly enough, they weren’t (tired),” Satterwhite said. “We went out and scored runs. I couldn’t see any hangover.”
Kyle Sorensen pitched a complete game Monday and kept the Evergreen hitters guessing.
“He kept hitters off-balance all night,” Satterwhite said. “He changed speed and locations well.”
Junior-to-be Bryan Richards continued to crush the ball. He hit a three-run homer, producing the Bulldogs’ first runs. Bryan Wojtkiewicz had two hits and four RBIs, and Brian Behrman had two hits and three RBIs.
Satterwhite said the Bulldogs’ bats were hot throughout the tournament.
“We gave our pitchers a chance to pitch with a lead,” he said. “Taking the pressure off our pitching and defense allowed us to go out and play hard.”
Satterwhite called Eaton, the team Moffat County faces Thursday, “a very solid club.” Eaton has won the past three Legion state championships.
“The best thing that can happen early in the tournament is to play the best team,” Satterwhite said.
The Bulldogs defeated Eaton, 7-3, in a regular season game last year.
The team will receive a boost from the return of Williams. Satterwhite said he is expected to play in the state tournament after suffering a sprain of the meniscus in his knee.
“That’s a huge plus for us with him being catcher,” he said. “He’s a team leader.”
After a couple days of “much needed rest,” Satterwhite said the Bulldogs are looking forward to facing the best teams at the state tournament.
“If we’re healthy and we get a few balls to bounce our way,” he said, “we’ll do well.”
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