Steamboat's Legion baseball team wins 2 at tournament

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Steamboat Springs American Legion coach Dave Roy ended up being busy all Saturday night washing uniforms.

That was the deal Roy made with his team prior to Saturday’s action in the District Tournament in Glenwood Springs.

Should Steamboat get through Saturday’s games against Summit and Middle Park and Roy agreed to do laundry.

“I’ll enjoy it,” Roy said after his team beat Summit, 5-3, and Middle Park, 13-10. “It’ll be fun doing it.”

Against Middle Park, Steam­boat overcame a 10-5 deficit in the bottom of the sixth inning. There the team scored eight runs to go up 13-10.

Gaven Van Pelt gave a valiant effort early on, pitching five plus innings. Carson Becker came in and Tyler Brown finished the game in the seventh by striking out the side.

“These guys showed their mettle,” Roy said. “They showed how tough they are when they need to be.

In the first game against Summit, Steamboat got timely hits and juggled its battery to get the win.

Brandon Clark, who normally plays catcher and only has pitched one inning all summer, threw six innings, scattered six hits, gave up three runs and struck out 12. Thomas Kelly, who hadn’t caught all year, was behind the plate for Clark’s six innings.

Brown pitched a perfect seventh for the save. 

Michael Yost led the way offensively finishing with a pair of hits and two RBIs. Carson Becker had two hits and scored two runs.

The biggest play, however, came in the sixth inning. Tommy Lyon made a diving tag on a runner at third base that changed the complexity of the game.

Instead of Summit having runners on first and third with one out, Lyon’s diving tag left Summit with a runner of first and two out in at the time a one run game.

“That was a game-changer,” Roy said.

Steamboat plays at noon against Eagle Valley for a chance to earn a berth into the state championship.

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