Steamboat splits doubleheader with Rifle

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The Steamboat Springs High School baseball team pulled away with a split Saturday in Rifle, dropping the first game, 8-4, before winning the second one, 13-7.

In the first game, the Sailors found it tough to find hits.

Lars Johnson, Alan Capistron and Carson Becker pitched, keeping the Bears at bay, but the Steamboat lineup just couldn't get hits at the opportune time.

"The bottom line is it was raining hard when we got over there," Steamboat manager Dave Roy said. "In my humble estimation, we just weren't ready to play. We started out OK, then couldn't put the bat on the ball."

But Steamboat roared back in Game 2 behind the bat of sophomore Alan Capistron. After falling behind, 2-0, in the first inning, Capistron was instrumental in the Steamboat comeback, his biggest blow a three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth.

"He was the offensive star for sure," Roy said about Capistron, who had seven RBI's in the game.

Steamboat got 6 1/3 innings of work from freshman Tommy Lyon - who had a two-run double in the second game - before fellow sophomore Charles Wood got out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh inning to pick up the save.

"We were hitting, and it's just a matter of time before it starts flying around the ball park," Roy said. "In the first game, they didn't have their game hats on, and we had an interesting between-game discussion, and the ball started flying around the park. That's what these guys are capable of. I still feel we have an excellent chance of making the playoffs this year."

Steamboat, at 5-9 overall and 4-5 in the Western Slope League, plays five games this week, the first of which is Tuesday at Eagle Valley.

The team then plays a doubleheader Thursday at Palisade and a doubleheader Saturday against Battle Mountain.

Roy said, with a newfound confidence, Steamboat is now certainly eyeing the playoffs.

"If we can win three of those five," he said, "we have an excellent chance of making the playoffs."

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