Moffat County baseball sweeps Basalt in Tuesday doubleheader
A score of seven runs twice proved fortuitous during the Moffat County High School varsity baseball games Tuesday afternoon. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs’ opponents, scoring the lucky number did not work in their favor.
MCHS took a pair of wins against Basalt, 12-7 and 8-7, in a set of games rescheduled from Saturday.
The Longhorns kept things interesting for the opening game, but by the end of the fourth inning, Moffat County had tied it at five runs each. Basalt pulled ahead again with two more off Josh Turner, replacing Phillip Chadwick on the mound, but that was the biggest number they’d see on the scoreboard.
Longhorn pitcher Noah Schoenberger loaded the bases in the bottom of the fifth, and a single from Adain Wilmot to drive in one run led coaches to relieve him with Michael Glen. Smart hitting allowed MCHS more chances to cross the plate, and tagging up did the rest when the Basalt fielders snagged fly balls, the Bulldogs finishing the inning, 9-7.
“We worked hard on it this weekend, runners in scoring position, not leaving them on base,” said MCHS coach Justin Folley, noting the team’s ability to follow through when it counted. “The guys were ready for it today.”
The Bulldogs recorded 11 hits to Basalt’s seven in the first game.
Brett Loyd took on pitching duties for the latter game, as well as starting the offense with a solid single that courtesy runner Chace Marshall eventually turned into the first run, thanks to a double by Chadwick.
Moffat County looked to be in control for most of the second game, between Loyd’s pitching and tight play across the field, including back-to-back grabs by outfielders Hugh Turner and Conner Knez that garnered plenty of cheers to close the top of the fourth.
The Longhorns got a rally going to rile up the ‘Dogs in the top of the seventh, taking advantage of some inopportune errors to tie it up at 7.
Chadwick, ready to be finished, knocked the first pitch given him nearly to the wall and made it to third base, itching to get that last run, sent home off the last hit of the night by Wilmot, Moffat County claiming eight hits to Basalt’s 13.
The dual W’s pushed the Bulldogs ahead of Basalt in the 3A Western Slope rankings, the team now 6-7 altogether and 5-4 in the WSL, the Longhorns 6-9 and 5-6, respectively. A Wednesday varsity game in Aspen will have less effect than Saturday, when Moffat County meets Coal Ridge for another pair of games and the squad’s Senior Day.
At 7-7 and 6-3, the Titans rank third in the WSL, just above MCHS.
However, Folley’s focus is on the Skiers for now and not playoff possibilities.
“We’re playing really well, but really and truly, I don’t want to look into what we have to get, I want to go one game at a time,” he said. “I want to take every game from here on out and from there we’ll see where we fall, plain and simple.”
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