Baseball team wins 4 straight

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The Steamboat Springs baseball team picked up three wins during the weekend to run its winning streak to four on the season.

The Sailors scored a combined 42 runs in the three road wins against Denver East and Rangely.

Steamboat (4-2) opened the weekend with an 18-15 win against Denver East on Friday in Denver. The Sailors pounded out 19 hits and committed just one error in the win, but 12 walks allowed Denver East to hang around and make a game of it, coach Sean Hicks said.

All nine Steamboat players got at least one hit in the win.

Junior Tyler Fosdick went 3-for-3 with a home run and three RBI. Sophomore Jon Reese was 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBI. Seniors Jack Means and Kevin Martin also had three RBI apiece.

Senior Sean Murphy picked up the win, pitching 1 2/3 innings of scoreless ball, striking out four. Senior Teal Taylor and Martin pitched a combined 5 1/3 innings and walked 12, striking out five.

"The kids just don't quit," Hicks said. "They score every inning. If I were to compare last year's stats, which I don't have, I'm sure we have more hits and scored more runs than we did all last year, and it's not just three or four guys. We have seven, eight, nine guys contributing."

The Sailors got more offensive output against Rangely on Saturday. Steamboat swept a doubleheader, winning 11-7 in the first game and 13-8 in the second.

Murphy went 3-for-8 between the two games, driving in six runs. Sophomore Zach Savage went 3-for-5 with two RBI. Six other Steamboat players had multiple-RBI games in at least one of the two against Rangely.

Murphy picked up both wins, going the distance in the second and pitching one inning of relief in the first.

Means started the first game and pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing five earned runs, while striking out six and walking five.

"You can't compete in our league and walk that many people," Hicks said. "Being afraid to walk somebody is almost worse than going out and throwing as hard as they can. Sean doesn't care. He's going after them. Jack is getting better each time out. Teal didn't really pitch last year, so he's still trying to figure out varsity pitching."

Hicks also said Steamboat is striking out too much, but he added that the players are going down swinging, which is what he wanted to see from them this season. The Sailors are only six games into their schedule, but the strides they have made since last season are apparent to everyone.

"What's different this year is that they are starting to see that when you put the ball in play, you put pressure on the other team to make plays," Hicks said. "We are making the other team make mistakes now. This year, we steal, hit, run and bunt. We get to play the game now. That's the difference. We get to play the game the way it's supposed to be played."

Steamboat's next challenge comes at 11 a.m. Saturday in Paonia, against a team expected to content for a 2A championship.

-- To reach Melinda Mawdsley call 871-4208 or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com

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