Moffat County baseball battles Delta, Rangely |

Moffat County baseball battles Delta, Rangely

Moffat County High School's Connor Murphy gets under the ball to bounce it back to baseball teammates as they practice fielding.
Andy Bockelman

A pair of Panther opponents dealt a tricky couple games to Moffat County High School baseball players while the Bulldogs were on the road.

MCHS varsity sluggers took a 3-0 Saturday loss in Delta, followed by a Monday loss in Rangely, 8-1.

The weekend matchup was a tight one from the start, scoreless on either side for two innings before Delta got one player home in the third. The Panther later scored twice more in the sixth with a home run by Eli Farmer.

Moffat County High School’s Greg Hixson goes for the tag-out at second base against Delta.
Wayne Crick/Delta County Independent

With four total hits, including a double by Ryan Peck, the Dogs’ offensive output wasn’t what it needed to be, though Drake Doherty gained nine strikeouts, pitching the full game.

Moffat County High School pitcher Drake Doherty attempts a first base pickoff against Delta.
Wayne Crick/Delta County Independent

While they looked for redemption Monday, the team fell apart in the sixth inning against Rangely after being tied at 1-1, as their hosts put together seven runs.

“The theme of this week has been to make the adjustments and don’t try to pull an outside pitch. That’s always going to end in a ground out,” Jennings said.

The irony for MCHS coach Brian Jennings was that the Delta Panthers were a far tougher opponent than the Rangely Panthers.

“That’s what’s funny is we played so well against one of the better teams of the Western Slope and then we were a whole different team by Monday,” he said. “One of those things to iron out with young players.”

Even so, MoCo athletes saw a silver lining to finish Monday, as junior varsity rallied in the fifth inning to earn a 9-7 win.

With only 12 available on his roster, Jennings had most players in both games.

“They really adjusted from there, starting hitting well,” he said.

MCHS will be on the road for the next week, meeting Gunnison Saturday at Grand Junction’s Canyon View Field. The Bulldogs will also spend Tuesday in Basalt leading up to a May 4 home event with Aspen.

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