Bears plate 18 runs in extra frame for victory
The Craig Daily Press
CRAIG ” The Moffat County High School baseball team had an answer for Rifle for seven innings. But the game went beyond regulation.
The Bulldogs and Bears played to a 9-9 tie in the first seven innings. Then everything went right for the visitors and everything wrong for the home-standing Bulldogs Tuesday afternoon.
Rifle scored 18 runs in the top of the eighth. They batted through their order almost three times, hit two home runs, went through three pitchers and forced four errors in the final inning of a 27-10 win.
“We’re a good team but we just can’t put a complete game together,” Moffat County senior Jason Mosher said. “I can’t believe what just happened in that inning. Things definitely fell apart.”
Giving up 18 runs in one inning was hard enough for the Bulldogs, but they also had a chance in their previous at-bat to end the game.
After the Bears scored in the top of the seventh to tie it 9-9, Jody Moncrief walked to lead off the bottom of the seventh. Brad Grinstead singled and Nick Navaratil, who came into to run for Moncrief, moved to third on a bad throw.
The throwing error put runners on second and third with one out. Rifle’s Shane Fazzi battled back and struck out Jared Lowther for the second out. With first base open, Rifle intentionally walked Moffat County’s Brian Richards, who had already homered in the game, to bring up Nick Goodenow with the bases loaded and two outs. Fazzi fooled Goodenow with three straight strikes to end the inning and open up batting practice for the Bears.
“You feel pretty good with one of your best hitters up there and the bases loaded,” Mosher said. “It just didn’t happen.”
Rifle’s Adam Krick opened up the game with a three-run homer for the fourth, fifth and sixth runs in the eighth. Fazzi also struck a homer in the frame. The two sluggers, along with Brandon Leuallen, finished with four RBIs in the game. Bryce Enewold also had a solid day at the plate, going 4-for-4 with three doubles.
In the previous game against Rifle, Moffat County hit the ball everywhere but in a gap and was shut out 8-0. In game two, the hits found grass and the Bulldogs led two different times at 7-5 in the fourth, and 9-8 in the seventh.
Rifle, second in the Class 4A Western Slope League, improves to 7-2 in league play, while Moffat drops to 4-6.
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