Steamboat softball wins two

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— The Steamboat Springs High School softball team won its first two games of the season during the two-day Eagle Valley Tournament last weekend.

The Sailors (2-5 overall) downed Cedaredge, 5-2, in a rain-shortened game Friday. Steamboat came back Saturday for a come-from-behind win against Basalt, 9-8, before falling to Dolores Prep.

Kirsten Ryan struck out 11 Cedaredge batters, allowing just one hit during five innings of work. Leigh Thielen pitched five innings against Basalt.

Basalt did most of its damage in the first inning of Saturday's game, scoring six runs to open the game.

Steamboat slowly rallied before winning by one run. During Saturday's win, Darcy Hornstein was 2-for-3 with two triples, including a base-clearing hit that drove in three Sailors runners. She also made a nice catch on a fly ball.

"She was the MVP of that game," Sailors coach Donna Ryan said.

Rebekah Hilterbrand, Chri--stie Fielding, Kathleen Lyon, Anya Salzgeber, Mataya Flaharty and Thielen scored or drove in runs in the game.

Against Cedaredge, Ryan went 2-for-3 with a triple. Lyon was 2-for-3 with a double, and Thielen was 1-for-3. Melissa Walsh walked and scored.

"We were ahead the whole time," Ryan said.

Up next for Steamboat is a doubleheader Friday against Rifle. The first game starts at 3 p.m. The games will be played at Vanatta Field at Howelsen Hill.

The Friday games are the first Western Slope League games for Steamboat since dropping the opening two games of the year in Delta.

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

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