Steamboat baseball team splits against Eagle Valley

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— The Steamboat Springs High School baseball team found a masterful performance Saturday in the first game of a two-game day at Eagle Valley, thriving with a 10-strikeout performance from starting pitcher Tyler Brown and 16 hits from the team.

Steamboat won that game, 14-5.

It was the 7-6 loss that followed that Steamboat coach Kellen Baker said showed him the most about his team, however.

The Sailors trailed big early in that game, but rallied and put the potentially tying and winning runs on base before finally falling.

“There’s a lot of fight in this team,” Baker said. “They really don’t give up, and that’s nice to see. Even when the hits weren’t dropping, we still battled all the way to the end.”

The second-game rally, which was made possible by a nine-strikeout performance by relief pitcher Tommy Lyon, showed Steamboat’s grit, but it was in the first game the Sailors showed their muscle.

Lyon went 2-3 with a home run. Carson Becker pounded out three hits, and Ryan Hall went 2-5, belting his first home run of the season while racking up three RBIs.

“We had timely hits,” Baker said. “We hit the ball hard and made the defense earn every out. When you put the ball in play, good things happen.”

Steamboat won’t return to action until April 27, after spring break, when it plays in Craig against Battle Mountain.

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