Steamboat Legion team ousted at state tournament

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— The Steamboat Springs Amer­­­ican Legion baseball team was bounced from the American Legion state championships Fri­­­day, after splitting a pair of games.

Steamboat beat Eagle Valley, 14-8, early in the day before losing, 15-7, to Rangely, the team’s second loss in the double-elimination tournament.

“These guys showed a lot of heart and desire to finish the season on a high note,” Steamboat manager Dave Roy said.

Against Rangely, Steamboat fell behind, 8-0, early. But the team battled back and made a game out of it.

Alan Capistron led the way hitting, collecting three doubles and three RBIs. Brandon Clark and Cutter Pasternak each had a hit and two RBIs.

“We had a difficult time,” Roy said. “It’s one of those things where we were totally out of sync. We were looking at getting 10-runned and then the boys started hitting the ball. We got back pretty close to them.”

In the first game against Eagle Valley, Steamboat led, 7-5, going into the sixth inning, before breaking things open.

Steamboat scored seven runs in the inning to take a 14-5 lead.

Tommy Lyon got the win, giving up five runs, one of which was earned. Gaven Van Pelt got the save. Lyon also did the job with the bat, finishing with three hits, including a two-run home run in the first inning.

Justin Ditter was 2 for 3 with two runs scored and three RBIs. Michael Yost drove in a pair of runs.

The loss against Rangely ends Steamboat’s season.

“We finished third in the league, third in the district tournament and won a game in the state tournament,” Roy said. “For us I feel that’s a successful season and a season to build on.”

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