Moffat County baseball rocks Roaring Fork with comeback win
Saturday sweep puts Bulldogs in position for playoffs
Fortune smiled on Moffat County High SchoolMoffat County High School varsity baseball Saturday afternoon, even if the weather did not. varsity baseball Saturday afternoon, even if the weather did not.
Moffat County High School varsity baseball Saturday afternoon, even if the weather did not.
The Bulldogs swept the Roaring Fork Rams during the weekend with hard-fought wins of 6-5 and 10-4 in the Western Slope League doubleheader that may help move MCHS to the next stage of the season.
A healthy lead of 3-0 gained in the second inning by the Bulldogs early in the day changed as Roaring Fork’s Drew Broadhurst claimed a home run that got the Rams in motion to take two more runs all within the sixth inning, shutting down Moffat County from there as Ralph Good was able to score what looked like the go-ahead run in the seventh at 4-3.
With two outs preceding him, Bulldog Brett Loyd stepped up to the plate and kept the game going by crushing the ball over the back fence for his second round-tripper in as many games to tie the score.
“It was good to have that kind of pressure with playoffs coming up, so now we know what to do for that situation,” Loyd said.
Extra innings ensued, and after a fruitless eighth on both sides, the top of the ninth saw Good advancing on stolen bases to put the Rams in front again at 5-4.
Adain Wilmot got on base by walk and was in scoring position as a single by Hunter Roberts looked like the best opportunity to go all the way home, but Wilmot was tagged out at the plate.
It was a long fly ball to center field by Colby Beckett that got Roberts to put up another run to tie it up with Beckett on third, while Spencer Turner was able to finish the game with a single on a full count that got him an RBI and his team the win.
Coach Justin Folley said the first game to go into overtime was an example of the team’s tenacity.
“In my eyes, that’s a big win, knowing we can compete like that,” he said. “It really showed that we’ve got the grit to finish a game.”
A persistent drizzle expedited the between-game salute to the team’s eight seniors, including Loyd, Roberts, Turner, Trevor Kuhn, Cole Hoth, Connor Knez, Ben Robinson and Dylan Kincade.
Folley said he wanted to see his upperclassmen get as much playtime as possible Saturday.
“I respect what they’ve done for me, so I show them the same by giving them the ball — ‘let’s go get it,’” he said.
The Bulldogs set the tone early in the second game, as its first five batters — Roberts, Mike Bigham, Loyd, Beckett and Turner — all made their way back to the pentagon to gain a first-inning lead of 5-0, though it was a four-run rally in the sixth that sealed the deal.
After utilizing Loyd, Turner and Wilmot pitchers in the opener — Loyd striking out seven batters and Turner two — Folley went to Roberts to start and Kincade to close, picking up four and two strikeouts, respectively.
While he only just got back into the game this season after playing in his younger years before high school, Kincade has been excited to be part of the team.
“It’s fun and nerves being up on the mound,” he laughed. “It’s tough, but it’s fun.”
While a split wouldn’t have destroyed their chances for the postseason, taking the doubleheader puts the Dogs where they need to be at 7-9 overall and 6-7 in WSL play.
Basalt effectively dropped from fourth place and playoff contention Saturday after it fell in one of its two games in Olathe, while Aspen also won, one lost one, suffering a 15-5 upset by Grand Valley during the weekend.
A win against the Skiers in the last game of the schedule will guarantee the Dogs a playoff berth, while a loss will tie up Moffat County, Basalt and Aspen at 6-8 each in conference records.
Originally taking place Monday, the game against Aspen has been rescheduled for 4 p.m. Tuesday.
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