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Steamboat Springs boys baseball drops 2 games to Palisade

Steamboat Springs High School’s Cutter Pasternak bats during the third inning in the second game against Palisade on Saturday. The Sailors lost both games.





Steamboat Springs High School's Cutter Pasternak bats during the third inning in the second game against Palisade on Saturday. The Sailors lost both games.
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— Playoff hopes for the Steamboat Springs High School baseball team have all but sizzled out after the team dropped two games to Palisade in a doubleheader Saturday in Craig.

"They're in the top of the league; they're a pretty talented bunch," Steamboat manager Kellen Baker said about Palisade, whose hot bats sent several over the fence on a warm day with the wind blowing.

The Sailors lost the first game, 11-0, and the second, 6-5.

In the first game, Steamboat's Hunt Adams started on the mound, giving up six runs in the first three innings. Carson Becker followed, and Ryan Jeep came in to finish out the sixth inning with a few throws.

Baker said his pitchers were getting the ball over the plate for the most part, but Palisade capitalized on four home runs.

"They were able to lift a lot of balls," Baker said. "The balls they did put in play … we made a few good defensive plays.

"They just did a good job of hitting, and we got out-hit."

Offensively, the Sailors had only one hit in the first game, coming from freshman Ryan Jeep.

"He's been a really pleasant surprise this year," Baker said. "As a freshman, he's really contributed."

Steamboat's bats woke up a bit in the second game, which they lost by only a run.

Palisade scored five off Steamboat starter Tyler Brown in the first three innings, but Steamboat scored its first run of the day in the second inning with a single RBI from Cutter Pasternak.

In the top of the fourth inning, the Sailors really came to life, scoring four runs from Pasternak, Brandon Clark, Carson Becker and Eric Spahr.

"We got on base and caused a little commotion," Baker said. "We did a good job of disrupting their rhythm."

The score was 5-5 in the middle of the fourth when Tommy Lyon came in to pitch.

Lyon gave up a solo home run, and the Sailors couldn't find their way back around the bases, leaving three men on in the fifth.

Still, Baker said Lyon's pitching dominated the game.

"He was the only pitcher all day that could silence their bats," Baker said. "He had seven strikeouts. He was a big part of keeping us competitive in that second game.

"We just weren't able to get those runs across."

The losses put the Sailors at 6-9 overall and 3-7 in the Western Slope League. With just one more doubleheader left in the regular season, a Tuesday home game against Battle Mountain, Baker said he's proud of the way the team came out to play for every game.

"It was our goal to make the playoffs, and it's disappointing that it's probably not going to happen," he said. "But I'm proud of the way these guys come to play every game. There's a lot of fight in the way they approach the game. They show up, and they're competitive every outing.

"I know they're going to battle those next two games, even if they don't have playoff implications."