Steamboat Springs The Steamboat Springs American Legion baseball team split two doubleheaders over the weekend.
Steamboat lost a pair of games Saturday to Eagle Valley, falling, 6-3, and 11-1, before sweeping Coal Ridge on Sunday, 34-3 and 24-3.
“To summarize where we are, we’ve hit the ball well all season,” Steamboat manager Dave Roy said. “These guys just tag it. It doesn’t matter what the pitching is, they square it up.”
Against Eagle Valley, Steamboat was done in by shabby defense of its own and outstanding defense by the host team.
“They took away five or six runs when we had runners in scoring position,” Roy said.
Tyler Brown threw a complete game in the first game, and Ryan Jeep and Matt Regan each recorded three hits in the first doubleheader.
Against Coal Ridge, however, Steamboat’s bats came alive. With the game moved to Craig because the Emerald Blue field wasn’t ready, Steamboat found itself right at home.
The team pounded out 43 hits and plated 58 runs in Sunday’s doubleheader.
Thomas Kelly, Jesse Pugh and Cutter Pasternak all had three-run home runs, and Bryndon Jackson added a two-run shot.
“We wreaked havoc on Coal Ridge pitchers all day,” Roy said.
Pasternak had eight hits and 10 RBIs in the doubleheader. Jeep added six hits and 7 RBIs, and Tyler Brown, Charles Fitzhugh and Cody Hartman all had five hits.
Gavin Van Pelt picked up the win in the first game, and Hartman got the win in the second game.
“They are so good at putting the ball in play and hitting it hard,” said Roy, whose team is hitting a combined .382 through 13 games this season. “They are really tough to beat.”
Steamboat (9-4) continues action with a doubleheader against Rangely in Craig on Saturday.
The first game is at 11 a.m.
“We need to tweak our defensive game and get a little better there,” Roy said. “We need to improve our consistency on the mound. If we do that, we’ll truly have a strong finish.”
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