Three Sailors baseball stars named to All-League team

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— Three members of the Steamboat Springs High School baseball team were named to the Western Slope All-League team Tuesday.

Senior Elliot Girard was pegged to the first team, while juniors Lars Johnson and Alex Wood were named honorable mention.

"All three of them greatly contributed to what I consider a fairly successful season," Steamboat manager Dave Roy said. "We won six games and they were instrumental in the successes of those wins."

Girard, an honorable-mention selection last year, led the team with a .424 average. His on-base percentage was .587, and he led the team with 13 stolen bases.

"He brought just a will to compete," Roy said. "He's a hustle-type guy all the way."

Johnson and Wood were the No. 3 and No. 4 hitters in the Steamboat lineup, as well as two of the team's top pitchers.

Johnson hit .361 with seven RBIs. He also struck out 15 and walked just eight while on the mound.

Maybe the most impressive thing about Johnson, Roy said, was he played the whole year without an error, getting to balls "very few players in our league could have gotten to."

"He was a field leader out there," Roy said. "Both there and in practices. He was outstanding as a coaches player."

Wood was the top pitcher for the Sailors, finishing the year with a 2-3 record, despite suffering two one-run losses.

Wood - who was also named to all-league teams in football and basketball - struck out 31, walked 12 and faced a team-high 105 batters in his five appearances.

"He was the iron man of our pitching staff," Roy said.

Palisade, who shared the league title with Moffat County, earned the Coach of the Year and Player of the Year awards. Bulldogs skipper Steve Moore and shortstop/pitcher Travis Del Moral received the awards.

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