Moffat takes a pair from Eagle Valley
Bulldogs’ bats too much for Devils to handleBy Ian CroppDaily Sports WriterGYPSUM – It was a lefty’s day at the ballpark. In Saturday’s doubleheader between Eagle Valley and Moffat County in Gypsum, the Bulldogs’ two left-handed pitchers held Eagle Valley batters to six hits, while racking up the RBIs on Eagle Valley pitchers from the left side of the plate.The Bulldogs took the first game, 4-0, then found more offense in the nightcap to win, 13-1.”We hit the ball hard, and we hit it a lot,” said Moffat County manager Rich Sadvar. “And we threw two kids for seven innings each.”While the Devils were unable to find much offense in the first game, they put several players on base at the beginning of the second with hits and walks. In the third inning, Moffat pitcher Bryan Wojtkiwicz found himself with runners at second and third with no outs, but got out of the jam without allowing a run.
“We could never string a rally together,” said Eagle Valley skipper Ralph Carlson. “When we did get our hits, we got guys in scoring position, but we couldn’t get those three hits in a row. And we don’t have the home run hitters to get us three-run home runs. That’s what we are struggling with now.”Moffat, however, was able to rally and hit the long ball.In the fourth inning of the second game, Josh Satterwhite hit a two-run blast. In the fifth, Moffat used a string of hits to grab four runs. And in the sixth and final inning, Richards hit a three-run shot, while Reid Hanneman had a two-run double.Sadvar was pleased with his team’s efficiency in the second game.”We hit enough to win in the first game, but we left a lot of guys on base,” Sadvar said. Before the final two innings, the Devils matched up evenly with the Bulldogs. “That’s the thing – we have to be able to stop the bleeding, and we haven’t been able to do that in a couple of innings,” Carlson said. “If we eliminate those innings from both games, we are right there.”Pitch count
Eagle Valley starting pitchers fared well, but made earlier-than-desired exits due to high pitch counts.”Hunter (Blevins) threw a very good first game,” Carlson said. “He did an outstanding job pitching, but those guys were hitting the ball really well. We just weren’t able to bring in any runs.”Alex Dorothy went 4 1/3 innings, recording six strikeouts before Carlson replaced him with Bear Barkman.”We are still early in the year, and I can’t keep Alex out there seven innings. The same with Hunter,” Carlson said. “Our pitching isn’t four deep, which is where we have a tough time.”On the other side of the ball, the Devils had trouble hitting their first lefty pitchers of the year.”They were throwing hard. It looked like we had a little lack of experience facing that,” Carlson said.Tim Peters went 2-for-3 in the second game, while Joe Felix had a hit in each game.Aggressive defense
The Devils stymied down the Bulldogs’ baserunners all day with proficient defense.Dorothy picked off a man on first in the second game, and also caught a runner stealing second with another runner at third.Peters caught three Moffat runners stealing on the day, and assisted on an out at the plate after a passed ball.”Our defense was all right. We just need to take care of a couple of errors,” Peters said. “We also need to get our bats going.”The Devils host Battle Mountain on Tuesday at 4 p.m.Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14631, or email@example.com.Vail, Colorado