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Moffat County baseball awaits verdict on playoff picture

Bulldogs beat Aspen to place 4th in conference; RPI system may work against team

Moffat County High School's Spencer Turner (7) connects for a crucial, game-winning hit to bring in teammate Colby Beckett from third base during Moffat County's game against Roaring Fork. The Bulldogs won their last game of the season Tuesday against Aspen to finish fourth in the Western Slope League. The determination of the team's entry into the 3A state playoffs will be announced Wednesday.

The Moffat County High SchoolMoffat County High School varsity baseball team has done all it can to get this far in its season. Now it’s a numbers game. varsity baseball team has done all it can to get this far in its season. Now it's a numbers game.

Moffat County High School varsity baseball team has done all it can to get this far in its season. Now it's a numbers game.

The Bulldogs ended the year 8-9 overall and 7-7 in the 3A Western Slope League after a Tuesday win against Aspen, 5-3. Originally intended to be a Monday home game, weekend rains left the Craig diamond in no condition to play, MCHS rescheduling for the next day and then hitting the road to face the Skiers in a neutral site in New Castle, the home field of Coal Ridge.

Despite the whirlwind change of plans, the Dogs came ready to play, with Mike Bingham pitching the entire match with seven strikeouts on 102 throws.

Bingham also had two hits, one of which was a triple, and along with Hunter Roberts and Adain Wilmot, recorded one RBI.

The win put Moffat County in fourth place in the WSL, though the automatic entry into the postseason they had previously expected was not quite a guarantee.

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The Ratings Percentage Index formula being implemented by Colorado High School Activities AssociationRatings Percentage Index formula being implemented by Colorado High School Activities Association will have an impact on the seeding for the upcoming baseball playoffs. The system considers each team’s winning percentage as well as their opponents’ win percentage and that of their opponents’ opponents. will have an impact on the seeding for the upcoming baseball playoffs. The system considers each team's winning percentage as well as their opponents' win percentage and that of their opponents' opponents.

Ratings Percentage Index formula being implemented by Colorado High School Activities Association will have an impact on the seeding for the upcoming baseball playoffs. The system considers each team's winning percentage as well as their opponents' win percentage and that of their opponents' opponents.

A school that faces more formidable opponents throughout the season has a greater placement in the system.

MCHS coach Justin Folley noted this leads to some odd results. For instance, Western Slope champions Gunnison are behind only Eaton in win percentage this year at 16-2. But, the Cowboys rank no higher than ninth place due to the minimal challenge they've faced, according to RPI, which weighs opponents' records more heavily in the equation than the team in question.

"It makes for a very difficult seeding process, and it's taking some of the smaller community schools out of the picture," he said. "You've got a team like Gunnison, and they're not even gonna host."

As of Tuesday night, MCHS was considered No. 38 in the RPI rankings, and Folley expects to hear sometime Wednesday whether or not the final results mean his team will be extending their year for at least one more game.

"The thing that does kind of help us is Rifle took two from Battle Mountain to boost their win percentage, which might boost our RPI a little bit," he said.

Even if this is the end of the road, the final stretch leading up to the Aspen game shows just how far the team has come, Folley said.

"Winning our last four, finishing league 7-7 after a real rough start, these guys really turned around after spring break," he said. "They did well."

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