Steamboat Springs The Steamboat Springs American Legion baseball team was relegated to the losers bracket Friday after falling to Rangely, 10-2, in the second round of the district tournament.
Second-seeded Rangely took advantage of eight errors from third-seeded Steamboat to run away with the game.
“It was a game where we just didn’t come to play defense,” Steamboat manager Dave Roy said. “We didn’t execute on defense and made errors in very important situations.”
Only four of Rangely’s 10 runs were earned. It scored five unearned runs in the second inning and then four runs in the fourth — three of which were earned.
Steamboat had an opportunity to take the lead in the first inning with runners on first and second with no out. But Steamboat couldn’t push anything across and its defense did it no favors.
Tommy Lyon got the start for Steamboat and pitched well, but fell victim to the defensive blunders.
Steamboat’s lone runs came in the third inning. Carson Becker doubled and Lyon followed with a two-run home run.
“That was it for us offensively,” Roy said. “We couldn’t put anything else across. So that’s kind of the story.”
Steamboat plays Summit at 11:45 a.m. today.
If the team wins, it most likely will play Middle Park at 5:30 p.m.
Steamboat beat Summit twice in the regular season.
If Steamboat comes through today unscathed — and Roy said there is no reason to think the team shouldn’t — it most likely will play Rangely on Sunday with a berth to the state tournament on the line.
“The kids are in good spirit,” Roy said. “They know they didn’t play up to our potential. If we keep the screws on we’ll be fine.”