Baseball team gets first win

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— Finally.

After losing its first four games of the year, the Steamboat Springs baseball team got off the snide on Saturday against Roaring Fork, punishing the Rams 21-6 on the last day of the Paonia baseball tournament.

"Logging that first win is very important," Steamboat manager Dave Roy said. "Now we got a positive attitude about things."

The Sailors were led by Taylor Anderson (3 hits) Colin Boyle (3 hits, 3 RBI) and Matthew Watwood (3 hits, 4 RBI)

Skylar Mitchell picked up the win, while the game gave Roy a chance to give freshmen pitchers Alex Estes and Cody Miles some time on the mound.

"It gives us a good positive feeling as we head back to town," Roy said.

In its first game of the day against Paonia, Steamboat fell victim to the curse of the big inning for the third time this year.

After battling back and forth with Paonia, Steamboat gave up seven unearned runs in the fourth inning.

"It was a great game and we had the third out and we made an error," Roy said. "We dropped a fly ball and the floodgates opened and seven runs scored."

The Sailors also struggled with the bats, with sophomore Alex Wood getting the lone hit for Steamboat.

"We hit the ball hard the first three innings then either the Paonia pitcher got better or we got complacent," Roy said.

Against Roaring Fork though, the Steamboat bats woke up and produced 15 hits.

Roy said with league play starting later this week, he's confident the Sailors are starting to get over their early season funk.

"Our pitching is going to be in great shape," Roy said about Friday's doubleheader against Palisade. "We're looking forward to a couple of games against one of the top teams in our conference."

- To reach Luke Graham, call 871-4229

or e-mail lgraham@steamboatpilot.com

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