Steamboat Springs baseball team picks up win

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— The Steamboat Springs High School baseball team picked up its first win of the year Friday, getting sterling defense and a complete game effort from Tyler Brown in beating Battle Mountain on the road, 3-1.

Brown went the distance in a shortened five-inning game, striking out five and walking one. 

Brown needed just 69 pitches to get through the five innings. 

“Tyler Brown — he was a horse out there,” Steamboat manager Kellen Baker said. “You can tell he likes getting the ball and likes getting out there. He kept us in the game and threw a lot of strikes. It was a nice performance by him.”

It also helped that Steamboat’s defense didn’t commit an error on the day. In a back-and-forth game, the Sailors trailed the Huskies, 1-0, in the second before a Brandon Clark double sent Carson Becker home to tie the game. 

Then in the fifth inning, Becker had an RBI single and Brown added a sacrifice fly to give Steamboat a 3-1 lead. 

“No errors, which is probably the most important thing for us,” Baker said. “We played great defense.”

Steamboat continues play today at 11 a.m. against Rangely and at 1 p.m. against Paonia. Both games are in Grand Junction. 

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