Steamboat Springs The Steamboat Springs Legion baseball team picked up a pair of wins Saturday against Summit County, and in doing so improved its stock for a run at the state tournament.
Steamboat won the first game, 15-5, and the second game, 10-6.
“It’s a good team,” Steamboat manager Dave Roy said. “We’ve got young guys and guys with experience. I think we can make it into the state tournament. We’re a long way away from it, but if our pitching gets better and deeper, we should have a great shot.”
In the first game, Tyler Brown threw a complete game and knocked in four runs.
Steamboat jumped out early, getting four runs in the first inning and five in the third on its way to an easy victory.
In addition to Brown, Cutter Pasternak had four RBIs including a two-run home run.
“We made good contact,” Pasternak said. “A couple people struggled, but after a while we got used to the pitching and took it to them.”
In the second game, Steamboat took an early 3-0 lead in the first inning, before Summit got two unearned runs in the bottom half to make it 3-2.
Steamboat added a run in the third and got three more in the fourth to make it 7-2.
The team extended its lead to 10-2 in the sixth before Summit, thanks to five walks and a hit batter, cut the lead to 10-6 at the end of six innings.
Colton Mahanna got out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the seventh to pick up the save.
Alan Capistron was lights out on the mound through four innings. The rising Steamboat Springs High School senior, who has been playing summer ball in Denver, threw four innings, struck out eight and gave up just one hit.
“That first inning was rough, and I couldn’t throw a strike,” said Capistron, who also hit a two-run home run in the second game. “I was locating all my pitches for strikes after that.”
The win improves Steamboat to 3-1 in league play. The team next plays a doubleheader Thursday in Rangely.
Extreme continue to roll in Triple Crown tourney
The Summit Extreme, a team of Steamboat and Summit County players, continued to roll in the Triple Crown Mountain Magic Tournament on Saturday, picking up a pair of wins.
Extreme beat Dakota Ridge, 13-5, and Longmont, 15-5, to move to 4-0 in the tournament.
The wins mean Extreme comes out of pool play as the No. 1 seed and will play a semifinal game at 11:15 a.m. today at Howelsen.
“Our whole belief is no matter who we play is to play our game,” coach Tim Bishop said. “We’re focusing on putting the ball in play and throwing strikes. We’re letting our defense make the plays.”
Despite falling behind early against Dakota Ridge, Extreme quickly pounced on its opportunities.
Camden Lawhead threw four innings, and Jesse Pugh pitched two.
At the plate Lawhead, Koby Bishop and Ryan Jeep each had two hits, including a towering home run from Jeep. Thomas DeBonville was 3 for 4 with a home run and 4 RBIs.
In the second game, Koby Bishop started, and Drew Williamson finished it out.
In the game, Extreme gave up only six hits and had 20 of its own.
Andy Falcone led the way with a 4-for-4 day. Spencer Peterson had two hits, and DeBonville and Luke Egging each chipped in three hits.
Lawhead and Bishop each had three RBIs.
“We’ve been preaching the fact that we’re really prepping for state championships in two weeks,” Tim Bishop said. “But the four best teams are left, so it’s going to be a battle.”
10-year-old team beats Fort Collins, falls to Denver
The Steamboat Springs Little League 10-and-younger team won its first Triple Crown game of the year Saturday.
After bowing out during last week’s Mountain Magic tournament winless, Steamboat beat Fort Collins, 15-11, on Saturday. In its afternoon game, Steamboat lost, 13-3, to the Denver Slammer’s Select.
David Brown picked up the win in the first game.
In the second game, Steamboat got RBI hits from Brown and Haven Larson.
“To finally win a game today and give the Slammer’s Select a game was night and day different from where we were a week ago,” coach Mike Larson said.
The team finished the Mountain Magic tournament 1-3 and was unable to make it out of pool play.