Something to remember

Softball team shines in first home game

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Kelly Labor's bat and Kirsten Ryan's arm helped the Steamboat Springs High School girls fast-pitch softball team make its first home game something to remember.

"This is the type of game we will all remember," Ryan said after striking out nine batters Thursday. "It feels like we made history tonight."

The Steamboat Springs girls are off to a memorable start in the team's inaugural season and are making history -- at least in the halls of Steamboat Springs High School.

On Tuesday, the team opened the season with an extra-innings win over the Rifle junior varsity squad. Ryan threw 137 pitches in that game and struck out 24 batters.

The team backed the win up at home with a win over Basalt to improve its record to 2-0.

"It's been a great start," Ryan said. 'This is our first year, and we are still undefeated."

In Thursday's game, Steamboat built an 8-2 lead by the third inning behind Labor's three-run triple and several other timely hits.

"The coach told me to hit, so that's what I did," Labor said.

The Steamboat Springs senior just started playing fast-pitch two weeks ago. She said she played baseball when she was 6 or 7 years old, but hasn't played much since then.

Her hit proved to be valuable in the final stretch of the game as Basalt came roaring back from a 12-5 deficit.

"I think we just got a little nervous in that last inning," Ryan said.

Basalt scored five runs, most coming with two outs, to make a last inning run at the Sailors before the final out.

"It was a little frustrating," Ryan said. "But we just stuck with it."

She gave up eight hits and nine walks in the game. Basalt pitcher Darbi Scherer struck out five Steamboat batters in the game but also gave up eight walks.

Steamboat's offense finished with nine hits for 12 runs.

Steamboat used an aggressive running game to take advantage of Basalt mistakes. Several runs were scored on wild pitches and passed balls.

The Steamboat Springs team also played Basalt's JV squad Thursday night. Steamboat won that game, 15-14.


--To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209

or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com

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