Steamboat Springs The Steamboat Springs American Legion baseball team dropped a trio of games during the weekend at a tournament in Green River, Wyo.
Playing in the Legion A tournament that allows players up to 19 years old to play, Steamboat fell, 9-0, to Cheyenne 9-2 to Jackson and 5-4 to Green River. All three teams were from Wyoming.
"We didn't do as well as I would have liked," Steamboat manager Dave Roy said. "But we got beat three times by teams that were all older than we were."
Cheyenne and Jackson each made the elimination round, with Jackson winding up in the finals.
In the second two games, Steamboat suffered from either a big inning for the other team or defensive miscues of their own.
Against Jackson, Steamboat pitcher Alan Capistron was tagged for five runs in the first inning before finally settling down.
Steamboat starter Ryan Tibbetts threw well against Green River, but three unearned runs proved to be too much.
Capistron and Matt Watwood led Steamboat offensively, each hitting a home run. Hondo Anderson had a pair of hits in the Green River game.
"When you only score six runs in three games, it says we didn't put the ball in play enough," Roy said. "We didn't get enough hits to get the job done."
Steamboat resumes action at 3 p.m. today with a home doubleheader against Eagle Valley. The games will be played at Emerald Blue.
"Eagle Valley is always tough, but we're looking forward to getting it on and getting after them," Roy said. "Our pitching is in good shape, and we're looking forward to a good doubleheader" today.
Lance Andrews hooks a 23-inch rainbow trout
At first, 10-year-old Lance Andrews was positive it was a pike on the end of his line.
The fifth-grader fought the fish for more than 35 minutes Saturday at Fetcher Pond before finally reeling in his prize: a 23-inch rainbow trout.
"I saw my line going under," he said. "I didn't think I had one, but I pulled up, and I did. I thought it was a pike."
Lance caught the fish on his new fly rod, using a black and blue stonefly nymph. He still has the fish and said it's going to make a nice addition to the wall.
Although he wouldn't give away any of his secrets, Lance said he's already back on the banks, banking on catching something bigger.
"I'm tying a hook on as we speak," he said Tuesday morning. "Maybe I'll catch a bigger one. I saw a 32-inch trout swimming near the bank."