Thursday, September 8, 2005
The Steamboat Springs girls softball team traveled to Granby and ran into three talented small school programs during the weekend.
The Sailors (0-5 overall) dropped three games in the Middle Park Tournament on Sept. 2 and 3. Eaton, Valley and Lyons defeated Steamboat in the two-day tournament. The closest game Steamboat had was a 7-3 loss to Valley.
Steamboat was leading for most of the game against Valley before falling behind in the final innings.
Steamboat lost to Eaton, 10-0, and lost to Lyons, 13-3.
"We held (Eaton) to six hits," coach Donna Ryan said. "We made a lot of errors."
In the Lyons game, Steamboat managed to get several runs against a good team. Ryan said the young Sailors are learning the difference between a varsity schedule, which they have now, and the mostly junior varsity schedule they played in their inaugural season.
"The teams will put the bat on the ball," Ryan said. "You can't expect your pitcher to strike everyone out."
Steamboat's Kirsten Ryan, Christie Fielding and Leigh Thielen saw action on the mound during the tournament. Nearly every Steamboat player was able to reach base in the first tournament of the year.
The Sailors return to action today and Saturday at the Eagle Valley Tournament. Steamboat will play Cedaredge and Basalt. Steamboat beat Basalt last year.