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Legion team wins; struggles at bat continue

When a team is as young as the Moffat County Legion Post 62 B-team is, having a seasoned veteran such as Bryan Wojtkiewicz is an invaluable asset.

“(His performance) has been huge all year,” coach Bob Satterwhite said. “Today it was really huge. He probably was the most productive player today.”

Wojtkiewicz had three hits, scored three runs and drove one in during Friday’s 8-3 win against Pueblo South. He also did the job on the mound.

After Billy Ivy left the game in fourth inning because of arm soreness, Wojtkiewicz stepped in and tossed 4 1-3 innings of two-hit, no-run baseball.

“Wojo is so much a finesse pitcher, and he has become such a mature pitcher, he doesn’t give them a chance to get on base. He really shut the door on them today,” Satterwhite said.

Brad Grinstead got the scoring going in the first inning with an RBI double. Then in the third inning, Chris Winder had a two-run single, followed by another two-run single in the fifth.

Although the Bulldogs managed nearly three times as many hits as Thursday’s four-hit game, Satterwhite said, the middle of the lineup is still struggling.

“The pitching is good — no question about that,” Satterwhite said. “But the guys that are missing right now are the sluggers.”

Satterwhite specifically pointed out that Bryan Richards and Josh Satterwhite — the three and four hitters — haven’t performed in the tournament like they had all season.

On Friday, Richards and Josh Satterwhite went a combined one for eight with only one RBI.

On the season, the two had combined for more than 120 RBIs.

Although coach Satterwhite said the two are streaky hitters, he knows it is only a matter of time until they break out.

“They have hot streaks and cold streaks,” he said. “I’m not overly concerned. I could see both of them come into tomorrow and have a great game.”

The Bulldogs next play Northridge today at noon. Northridge defeated Boulder, 6-2, on Thursday.

” The beat the No. 1 (seeded) team in the first game and that pretty much tells you they can play ball with anyone,” he said. “Just watching them this last game, they are a streaky team. I think we match up really well with them.”

As for today’s game, Satterwhite said he expects the team to hit much better than the firs to games.

“I expect us to hit the crap out of the ball,” he said. “I know we are going to break out and have a big game hitting, I just hope it’s those two games tomorrow.”

Luke Graham can be reached at 824-7031 or lgraham@craigdailypress.com.

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