Offensive surge fails to carry Sailors

Injuries cripple Steamboat softball squad in doubleheader against Middle Park

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— The Steamboat Springs High School girls softball team lost two more games Wednesday night, but a few solid swings and some aggressive base running helped the team in some of its best play yet.

Steamboat lost both ends of a doubleheader to Middle Park, falling, 25-8 and 18-0.

"Being aggressive on the bases is what really helped us score those runs," Steamboat coach Dan Swanson said about the first game.

Steamboat led off the first inning by plating a pair, then scored five more in the third. Middle Park answered in the first with three runs, then added seven in the third before putting the game away for good in the fourth.

"We kept it close until the end," Swanson said. "We were with them, but then we fell apart in the third inning."

That collapse and the ensuing 18-0 loss came after a slew of injuries sidelined some of Steamboat's top players.

Pitcher Darcy Hornstein, the team's most consistent arm this season, had to be pulled in the first inning of the first game when she was spiked while trying to lay down a tag at home plate.

She played at catcher for the rest of the first game and all of the second but couldn't pitch because of a cut on her hand.

Steamboat's Tyra Monger had one of the team's first-game RBIs, but she missed the second game entirely. Monger returned to the line-up Wednesday after Swanson said initially was diagnosed with a broken arm. The arm didn't turn out to be broken, but it wasn't in good enough condition to allow her to play both ends of the doubleheader.

Without any bench, Swanson said the Sailors had a tough time competing in the second game.

"We had a bunch of players sore, and injures, so we didn't have much flexibility," Swanson said. "We didn't have much of a chance."

- To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 871-4253

or e-mail jreichenberger@steamboatpilot.com

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