Montoya, Fosdick show skills

Former Steamboat players picked for All-Star game

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Tyler Fosdick and Ben Montoya brought their high school baseball careers to a close with appearances in the Western Slope League All-Star Showcase on Tuesday.

Both were eligible to play after Fosdick received first team All-League honors and Montoya was named an honorable mention All-League pick.

The Steamboat Springs baseball players were teamed up with other players from Moffat County, Rifle and Eagle Valley. Their team defeated a group of players from Delta, Palisade, Battle Mountain and Glenwood Springs, 7-2, in Rifle.

"It was more fun than anything," Fosdick said. "It was nice to play with people who are good and players who know how to play the game. It was fun to play with the Rifle guys and the Moffat County guys."

Montoya, a senior at Soroco High School, caught four innings and went 0-for-3 from the plate. He said it was an adjustment catching for pitchers who weren't his teammates, but the pitchers and catchers decided on makeshift signs right after warm-ups.

"We were ahead the whole game," Montoya said. "We got three runs in the first inning. We showed up and looked at the lineup and saw what team we were on and took infield just like any other baseball game."

Fosdick, a senior at Steamboat Springs High School, played two innings at third base, two innings at shortstop and pitched one inning of no-hit baseball. He went 2-for-2 from the plate with a double and one run scored.

In years past, the Western Slope League fielded a team that competed in the Front Range after the season but stopped after it was difficult to get a commitment from the needed number of players.

The construction of Rifle's new baseball field, and the desire of league coaches and players to resume a postseason all-star game led to the creation of this year's showcase.

"As far as I heard, everyone had a lot of fun," Fosdick said. "It was pretty competitive."

Montoya and Fosdick plan to attend Colorado State University in the fall, where they plan to try out for the school's club baseball team. Baseball is not a varsity spot at CSU, but the Rams are competitive on the national scene and are the two-time national champion at the club level.

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

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