Craig Steamboat Springs catcher Ryan Marsden was all smiles Thursday as he rounded third base after hitting one over the fence at the Craig Middle School complex.
"It felt good," Marsden said. "We had some fun after that."
The three-run homer was part of a five-run fourth inning that opened the floodgates as Steamboat rolled to a 13-7 win over the Battle Mountain Huskies.
"Our team is playing well," Steamboat first baseman Preston Stanfill said. "We needed this win right now."
The victory was the third of the season for the Sailors and could help keep them out of the pigtail game when the regional playoffs begin in a couple of weeks.
The Sailors combined for 13 hits in the game, which was more than enough offense for starting pitcher Sean Murphy.
Murphy pitched seven innings, striking out seven Battle Mountain batters and giving up only one walk.
The Huskies grabbed four runs from Murphy in the top of the first inning after Beau Chadwick's eye-level single made its way past second baseman Jon Reese.
That play combined with a couple of bloop singles by Jimmy Feeney and Francisco Saucedo helped produce the Huskies' biggest offensive surge of the afternoon.
It didn't take long for the Sailors to answer, however. Steamboat rebounded in the bottom of the inning with four runs.
Hits by Murphy, David May, Teal Taylor and Kevin Martin boosted the Sailors offense. A pair of errors also contributed to the Sailors' rally.
Two third-inning runs gave the Sailors a 6-4 lead after three innings of play. The Huskies pulled to within one run in the top of the fourth before the Steamboat's bats came to life.
"We are finally hitting he ball, making the plays, and we are starting to put it all together," Sailor coach Gary Engle said. "We can still improve, but I can't come up with any criticism of how they played in this game."
The win was the second in a row for the Sailors and improved the team's record to 3-9 for the season. Steamboat will travel to Palisade this weekend for a doubleheader against the Panthers.
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