Baseball team fights to tie cold opener

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Steamboat Springs baseball coach Dave Roy joked that he was still trying to catch his breath after the team's season-opening game Saturday.

"It was horrible," Roy said of playing conditions in Denver during the weekend. "The wind picked up. It had to be like 10 degrees."

Steamboat fought through the conditions, tying Class 5A Abraham Lincoln, 5-5. The game was called after six innings because of weather and darkness.

"I was amazed at how well both teams did under the conditions," Roy said.

Steamboat fell behind, 4-0, but scored one run in the top of the fifth when Brian Aragon drove in Colin Boyle, who reached first base on an error and stole second.

The Sailors made their move in the top of the sixth.

"We scored four runs on some key hits and good base running," said Roy, who was a volunteer assistant coach last season but stepped into the lead job this year. "We went up 5-4, but they came back in the bottom of the sixth and got one run to tie it up. It was a fitting finish for a tough day. It was a nice game, and our kids hung tough against a 5A school."

Steamboat's offense got started with a single from Alex Wood, which was followed by a single from Jack Serhant. John Donham walked, bringing Taylor Anderson to the plate with the bases loaded and one out.

Anderson's infield single drove in Wood. Elliot Girard followed that timely hit with a two-RBI single to right center field, which drove in Serhant and Donham. Aragon got his second RBI on a sacrifice fly, scoring Anderson.

The Sailors finished with eight hits and four errors, which cost Steamboat two unearned runs.

Serhant pitched three innings before Zack Savage came on in relief, pitching three innings.

"To end the game, Zack struck out their No. 5 hitter with a runner on second, so that was a key strikeout," Roy said.

Steamboat's next games are Friday and Saturday in Denver. The Sailors play Hinkley at 3:30 p.m. Friday, and they have a doubleheader against Denver East at 11 a.m. Saturday.

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