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Montrose loss keeps Bulldogs out of state

Despite defeat, coach says team can be pround of season

Elwood Shelton

Montrose proved to be more than the Bulldogs could handle Saturday when they handed the Moffat County a 7-6 loss.

Montrose took an early lead in the game by scoring four runs in the first inning and three in the second. In the same amount of time, the Bulldogs could only score one run.

Moffat County tried a late-game rally in the seventh inning and scored five runs. But with the tying run on second, the Bulldogs collected their final out of the game. The loss dashes any hopes the Moffat County High School baseball team had at advancing in state.

“The boys played hard but we just didn’t have a win in us today,” coach Kip Hafey said. “It puts us out of the running for state but the boys had a good season.”

The Bulldogs’ pitchers tried to hold Montrose back but just couldn’t find the formula to shut them down. In the four innings senior Chris Field pitched he allowed four earned runs off of 10 hits while striking out one batter. Junior Jerod Estey finished out the last two innings, striking out one batter and only allowing two hits.

“Field worked hard on the mound. It’s too bad we couldn’t have sent him out with a win,” Hafey said.

This is the first time in the four years coach Hafey has had the reins of the Moffat County program that his team didn’t finish second or better. The team fell to third place, tied with Palisade.

Last year the team made it all the way the state play-offs sweet 16 before losing to state runner-up Cheyenne Mountain. It was also the year they were edged out of defending a league title but came back to win the Western Slope Conference tournament. Even though the team was unable to repeat the success of past years success, Hafey said he still feels his athletes have much to be proud of after this season.

“The kids played a hard year of ball,” he said. “They came together and were a real team and had a fun year that’s what you hope for each year.”

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