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Pitcher Nathan Hill contributes with arm, bat

Ben Bulkeley

— When Nathan Hill hit a long blast against the Summit Tigers American Legion baseball team Wednesday, there was a bit of confusion.

Hill didn’t step on first base and had to go back. Then he stopped at second, thinking he had a double.

It was at that point Justin Folley, Moffat County American Legion Post 62 coach, reminded his player that home runs entail a slightly longer trip around the bases.

“He thought it had bounced and gone over,” Folley said. “As soon as he realized what had happened, he had a big smile on his face. That was the first home run of his career.”

The Moffat County American Legion team finished the regular season with two doubleheaders at Summit and Palisade’s varsity team.

Wednesday’s blast in the second game against Summit wasn’t Hill’s only big hit of the week – he mashed a tie-breaking triple Tuesday to defeat Palisade in the seventh inning of the second game.

The team was leading, 9-0, but Palisade came back with a flurry of unanswered runs to tie the game.

With Hill on third, the Palisade pitcher balked, sending Hill and the winning run home.

In the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader against Palisade, Ben Williams pitched, with Hill throwing the nightcap.

Mark Doolin pitched in relief of Hill and picked up the win.

It was the snapping of two streaks, as Palisade snapped Moffat County’s nine-game winning streak in the first game, and Moffat County dropped Palisade for the first time all season in the second game.

“I think beating Palisade has been the high-point of the season for me,” Folley said. “I was really happy to see our guys assert themselves against Palisade.”

On Wednesday, leadoff hitter Dylon Camilletti pitched the first game – a 9-5 Moffat County win against Summit.

“He started the game off with a double, and really provided us with a spark,” Folley said. “With our team, hitting is contagious.”

Last week’s ace, Ivan Nielson, started the second game, with Bubba Ivers coming on in relief and picking up the win in a 12-2 rout.

Folley said he was nearly ejected from the game, and that one of his players was thrown out.

“But, they rallied from there and went on to win,” he said.

The two wins pushed Moffat County’s record to 18-4, which is tied for second with Eagle Valley in Legion Baseball’s Mountain League.

Palisade is first with a 13-3 mark.

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