Steamboat Springs senior Jeremiah Kiely struck out 12 batters on April 7 as the Sailors baseball team picked up its first win of the season, 15-7, against Glenwood Springs.
"It was a great team effort," Kiely said. "Everyone chipped in and we played solid baseball."
Kiely pitched all seven innings, giving up four earned runs and four walks on 134 pitches. He credited the play of catcher Derek Haverley for blocking some third strike balls that ended up in the dirt and then throwing the batter out at first.
"He came up with some great plays and it really helped out," Kiely said. " We showed what we could do on Friday and proved that we can play with anybody in the conference."
The Sailors defense also had its best game of the spring season. The team committed just three errors on the day, and that was a key to the win, according to Kiely.
Meanwhile, the Sailors offense was led by Andrew Goranson, who had three hits in three trips to the plate. He scored twice and knocked another runner home.
The Sailors had three players hit home runs in the game including Haverley, Evan Wajtowicz and John Aragon Jr. Haverley was three-for-five at the plate with three RBI. Wajtowicz went two for four, scored three runs and had three RBI. Aragon, Jr. posted similar numbers with two hits in four trips and five RBI.
"It was huge," Sailors head coach John Aragon said of the win. "It was fun baseball and what baseball should be."
The Steamboat victory parade didn't last long, however.
The next day, Rifle pounded the Sailors 14-2 and 25-3 in a doubleheader in Rifle.
In the first game, Steamboat collected six hits in the game, but could only produce two runs in the second inning.
Wajtowicz took the loss as he threw 75 pitches in three innings.
In the 25-3 loss, Steamboat had just three hits coming from Gorenson, Taylor Grassby and Tanner Barr. Barr and Gorenson both had doubles in the game.
Jordy Gunderson pitched three innings and Goranson stepped in for the last two innings.The Bears scored two runs in the first inning and seven in the second to take a commanding 9-0 lead. Rifle added seven more in the fourth, three in the fifth and six in the sixth en rout to the win.
"We need to play with intensity and pride,' Kiely said. "We did that on Friday, but we didn't on Saturday and it showed. We need to stay focused."
Steamboat answered with one run in the third and two in the fourth, but it wasn't enough.
"We are staring to hit the ball a lot better and our fielding is improving each week," coach Aragon said. "If we can work on those two keys, I think we can be competitive with anybody."
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