Alan Capistron fires a pitch in the second inning of Thursday’s American Legion Post 44 game against Strasburg in the opening round of the American Legion state tournament. Steamboat lost, 5-2.

Photo by Ben Bulkeley

Alan Capistron fires a pitch in the second inning of Thursday’s American Legion Post 44 game against Strasburg in the opening round of the American Legion state tournament. Steamboat lost, 5-2.

Steamboat Springs Am­­erican Legion team drops opener

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— The Steamboat Springs Am­­erican Legion baseball team lost its opening game of the American Legion state tournament Thursday in Craig, falling to Strasburg, 5-2.

The teams were tied at 2 until the bottom of the sixth inning when Steamboat’s defense went awry. Steamboat gave up three unearned runs in the inning on two throwing errors to help Strasburg to a 5-2 lead.

“We just came apart defensively in the bottom of the sixth and gave them runs,” Steamboat manager Dave Roy said. “Between that and the fact we didn’t hit the ball well and it was just a loss.”

Steamboat No. 1 pitcher Alan Capistron threw six innings, scattered seven hits, struck out seven and walked three. Of the five runs he gave up, only two were earned.

Steamboat struggled offensively. The team finished the day with six hits, two each by Tommy Lyon and Brandon Clark. Justin Ditter had a two-run single.

“From an offensive standpoint,” Roy said, “we were pretty weak.”

Steamboat plays at 8 a.m. today with Lyon getting the start.

“The prospects are good,” Roy said. “The hope is that we don’t make the critical errors we did (Thursday). The boys are playing well, they just need to hit better.”

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