Roaring Fork loses to Moffat County, 2-1
The roar of thunder was cause for concern Monday afternoon, but Moffat County High School baseball wasn’t about to have another game ruined by weather.
Despite a lightning warning earlier in the day, the Bulldogs had the climate on their side for the most part to finish the season strong with a 2-1 win against Roaring Fork.
The last home game of the year was one of the tightest the team has played, as seniors Mike Bingham, Dalton Greenwood, Hugo Hernandez and Eddie Smercina made their last time on the diamond memorable.
A senior send-off for the four — as well as Ulises Silva, in absentia — started off the evening with a resolve to close out the year in style, knocking out the Rams’ first three batters, two of which were strikeouts by Bingham, as well as a tag-out of Roaring Fork’s Ralph Good at second base by Jefferson Piatt.
Bingham got the ball rolling further with a deep hit to center field for a double, while a single by Adain Wilmot drove in pinch runner Connor Murphy for the opening score. A line drive by Smercina in the second inning would let Trenton Hillewaert cross the plate to lead 2-0.
The Rams got on the board in the third as Aldo Pinela raced in thanks a double by Good, but it was the last score either side would have as they each cracked down defensively.
Bingham struck out six batters and Wilmot seven as the reliever after three innings, while Roaring Fork managed five total K’s during the day.
Each team recorded five hits.
“Good game, we just didn’t swing the bats very well tonight, always just one hit away,” said Roaring Fork coach Marty Madsen.
He added that the team has showed huge improvements after back-to-back 2-17 seasons, the game also the final one for his six seniors.
“We should be in good shape for next year, but it’s hard losing quality kids,” he said.
The Rams finish ranked seventh as they end the year 8-11. With both teams tied at 4-5 in 3A Western Slope League play, sixth-place conference honors go to Moffat County, 7-10 overall.
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