Photo by Shawn McHugh
Shortstop Carlos Maldonado tries to cover second base during an American Legion baseball game against Steamboat Springs on Tuesday at Craig Middle School. Steamboat won the first game of the doubleheader, 7-3.
Steamboat Springs The Steamboat American Legion baseball team continued to roll Tuesday, picking up two wins against Moffat County.
Steamboat won the first game, 7-3, and the second game, 14-1. Alan Capistron and Carson Becker combined to throw a no-hitter in the second game.
Steamboat has now won five of its past six league games to improve to 6-2 overall. The team is in second place in the Western Slope League behind a combined Battle Mountain-Eagle Valley team.
“We were scrappy,” Steamboat coach Kellen Baker said. “We wanted to make their pitchers work and get to their bullpen. We did a really good job of that.”
In the first game, Brandon Clark and Capistron broke open a 3-3 tie in the sixth inning with consecutive RBI hits.
Steamboat scored a total of four runs that inning, and pitcher Tyler Brown wouldn’t need any more. Brown threw his second straight complete game in the win.
Cutter Pasternak, Clark and Capistron each had two hits in the first game.
“Tyler threw about 70 percent strikes,” Baker said. “He’s not walking guys, and our defense is really starting to come together. He’s not overpowering anyone, but he’s outsmarting them.”
It was all about overpowering the opponent in the second game. Capistron threw the first three innings, and Becker threw the last two.
Each pitcher’s velocity has hovered in the 80s this summer, with Capistron touching the upper 80s.
It showed, as Steamboat got 14 of 15 possible outs in the second game via strikeout. With the bats, the team continued the grind-it-out approach, drawing nine walks, stealing seven bases and banging out 13 hits.
Brown was 4-for-4 with 4 RBIs, Clark was 2-for-4 with 5 RBIs and Thomas Kelly had a two-run double.
“That’s the approach that I really think is going to work for us,” Baker said. “Don’t try to do too much. Hit the ball where it’s pitched and try and make the pitcher work. The more pitches you make him throw, the more likely he is to make a mistake.”
Steamboat continues play at 11 a.m. Saturday at Emerald Blue against the Battle Mountain-Eagle Valley team.