Sailors baseball falls, 4-1

Steamboat Springs improves defense, struggles at the plate

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Despite playing markedly better than its previous two contests, the Steamboat Springs High School baseball team dropped its opening game of the Hotchkiss Tournament to Bayfield, 4-1.

"Defensively we played very well," Steamboat manager Dave Roy said Friday. "We had a couple of errors. One of those led to a couple runs, but overall we played a good game."

While the Sailors only got one hit on the day, it came at the perfect time. Ryan Tibbetts gave Steamboat a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning on an RBI single.

Bayfield came back in the top of the fourth inning and scored two unearned runs. The Wolverines pushed a run across in the fifth and sixth innings, as well.

"We started hitting the ball hard; they just weren't dropping in or they were being caught," Roy said. "We started moving the ball. But their pitcher was pretty quick and doing a nice job for them."

Tibbetts threw the first three innings for Steamboat, and Lars Johnson threw the final four.

Steamboat, however, did come away with one win on the day. In the tournament's home run derby, Steamboat junior Cody Harris hit two home runs on a cold and windy day to take the title.

Steamboat continues play today against Monte Vista and Battle Mountain.

"We very well could win both of those," Roy said. "That's what we're looking for."

- To reach Luke Graham, call 871-4229

or e-mail lgraham@steamboatpilot.com

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