Sailors stay alive in baseball playoffs

7-4 win over Battle Mountain pits Steamboat against Rifle

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— David May struck out five hitters and gave up just four runs Monday night as he led the Sailors past Battle Mountain 7-4 in the pigtail round of the district tournament.
"I just wanted to throw strikes," May said. "The curveball was working pretty well, so I used it a lot."
May was able to keep the Huskies off the scoreboard in the first inning, despite a two-out error that put Battle Mountain's Eugene Trujillo in scoring position.
Trujillo moved to third base on a steal before Steamboat's Cory Beck ended the scoring threat by picking up a Junior Martinez ground ball and tossing him out at first base for the final out.
It didn't take long for Steamboat's offense to light up the scoreboard. Freshman third baseman Tyler Fosdick, who was three-for-four with a homer, led off with a double. He was able to steal third a few pitches later.
Battle Mountain pitcher Jarid Bortz got Steamboat's Tanner Barr to strike out, but then walked Preston Stanfill on four straight pitches. Another wild pitch allowed Fosdick to come home for the first score of the game. Beck's sacrifice fly scored Stanfill and gave the Sailors a 2-0 lead at the end of the first inning.
Steamboat blew the game open with three runs in the third. Fosdick got things rolling with a one-out, 323-foot homer over the center field fence at Vanatta Field. Barr followed that shot with another, as the Sailors rocked the Battle Mountain pitcher with back-to-back homers.
"It was pretty much my biggest shot ever," Barr said. "I swung so easy and the ball just went."
The line-drive shot sailed over the same center field fence and seemed to spark the Sailors bench. Later in the inning, Beck drilled an RBI double and after three innings of play Steamboat had taken a 5-0 lead in the game.
"We jumped on them early when we got homers from Tyler and Tanner and that got the momentum going a little bit," Sailors coach Sean Hicks said. "But then they got some things going and to be honest, I got a little bit nervous."
Battle Mountain's offense came to life in the fourth after May issued a walk to open the inning, which was followed by a single.
Battle Mountain's Eddie Irgins made the mistakes hurt by slamming a two-run double, which brought the Huskies.
Garret Duncan drove Irgins in a few swings later to make the score 5-3.
Steamboat added insurance runs in the first and sixth to take a 7-4 into the final inning.
Things got interesting at the end of the game as Battle Mountain threatened with two base hits before a strikeout and double play stifled the comeback.
"Yeah, I was a little nervous," May said of the final inning. "But I just told myself to take it easy and everything worked out."
Steamboat will now advance to face top-seeded team Rifle in a playoff game tonight in Rifle.


To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209
or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com

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