Legion team’s dream season finally ends
The dream season is over for the Moffat County Legion 62 B-team.
Moffat County lost Saturday to Boulder, 12-8.
“I really wanted to win, but if the kids gained as much as I thought they did then it will pay off more than winning that title,” coach Bob Satterwhite said.
The Bulldogs started Saturday off by beating Northridge 8-6. They entered the seventh inning against Northridge down by two runs but a game-tying single by Brian Behrman, followed by Brad Grinstead’s two-run double to put the Bulldogs on top for good.
Playing their fourth game in three days, the Bulldogs played Boulder. Unlike the game earlier in the day against Northridge, the Bulldogs went into the sixth with a two-run lead.
But Boulder scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth.
“That sixth inning, we fell apart,” Satterwhite said. “We had error after error.”
He said the errors were the Bulldog’s weakness throught the tournament.
not only surrendered the Bulldogs the game against Boulder, but also cost them the tournament.
“We put pressure on ourselves after losing that first game,” he said. “The errors ended up costing us. We were in good shape except for the errors.”
Slugger Bryan Richards hit his 31st homer of the year on Saturday.
The Bulldogs have played more than 50 games on the year. Satterwhite said the team was beginning to get fatigued.
“One thing I did see in tournament was the mental fatigue of competing that much,” he said. “It would have helped to have 15 committed players like the other teams in the tournament. I believe mentally they just ran out of gas.”
The progression of the players and the team unity, made it an enjoyable summer, Satterwhite said.
“It’s when coaching is the most fun, when you have a group of kids who are successful,” he said.
“In the high school season we ended up in the top 16, and we ended up No. 4 team in Legion. I feel we’re 75 percent better.”
The success the Bulldogs had this summer should translate to success next spring, Satterwhite said.
“Overall it was such a positive experience,” he said. “I really feel like we got an unlimited upside with this team. I still feel like they are the team to beat next year.”
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